by Steve Prager on March 28, 2011


Danny Wallace was miserable. After a girlfriend jilted him, he walled himself up in his apartment in lock down mode. His default response to life, to anything, was NO.

Friends tried everything to pry Danny out his self imposed cocoon of self pity and isolation, but to no avail. It might have been all over for Danny, but for a chance encounter with a bearded stranger on an afternoon bus.

The stranger turned to Danny and said three words. “Say Yes More.”


Say Yes More.

Danny grabbed the challenge and decided to say YES to everything. He recorded his amazing journey in a diary that eventually became the hilarious book Yes Man (yes, the source for the movie starring Jim Carrey. The book is way better).

Danny’s commitment to Say Yes More took him around the world, filled and emptied his bank account, reconnected him with his soul and brought him true love. Not bad for three little words.


Recently I received an invitation to dinner that I was disinclined to accept. Not my cup of tea I figured – but  I heard Say Yes and so I went.

The food and company were marvelous, but the main thing take away of the evening was a new way of looking at the world. I learned there are parts of the globe where one can live comfortably, (in early retirement, let’s say) for far less than my house payment. I’m talking warm places, friendly people, sunny beaches, palm trees. It was an epiphany.

An epiphany I would’ve missed if I’d said NO.


You and I are the ones with the ability to open (or close) the flood gates of adventure and purpose for our lives.

Saying YES is the key. Saying YES puts everything in motion.

You can start small if you like. As Danny says, “…say yes to something you’d normally say no to…Yes to a friend. Yes to a drink after work. Yes to a stranger. Yes to yourself. You’d be amazed at where they can lead.”

Remember, our opportunities often come to us disguised as inconveniences, something that’s easy to say NO to.

Go For it. Be Brave. Say Yes More.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin March 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

If the essence of doing is starting, the critical junction to starting is saying yes even when your uncomfortable… Could also be the key to disaster, which is life’s way of jogging us out of our ruts.


Jim Scarle May 1, 2011 at 2:43 am

This is good Steve. I said “yes” to something recently that I am struggling with now, but will surely come out feeling good about it in time. Someone else’s jealousy is not gonna let my “yes” get me down. Thanks.


Claudia December 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

You just said ‘yes’ for next weekend, and out of my confort level I made a couple phone calls , heard another ‘yes’ and now we all will have alot more ‘merrry’. Glad I clicked your link!!


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