The Importance of Saying No

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The Importance of Saying No
When I started Remote Year I had just finished Brené Brown’s book “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging.” It was a timely read that challenged what we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and cultures. Suddenly I found myself in a community of diverse digital nomads from all over the world with an even more open mind. I decided to intentionally be with different people. I wanted to learn how to really listen. I desired to build empathy by having the hard conversations. I sought out opportunities to share my joy, and pain with others. I hoped that the experience would help foster connections through sharing moments of togetherness.I received exactly all the above, and probably even more. I was practicing tolerance, understanding diversity, and appreciating what others brought to the community. In times when I couldn’t empathize I refrained from casting judgement, and still tried to listen.A few months later in Prague some...