Saying No Hurts

Jon Kuhn
2 min readSep 9, 2021

One of the hardest parts about starting a new venture is that it takes time away from something else. You know the cliche,

“You may not have the money of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Sara Blakely, but you do have the same amount of time in the day as them.”

Just like any cliche that stands the test of time it is a cliche because it is an obvious truth. Yes we all do have the same amount of time available in any given day. We may have to allocate time differently than billionaires but that’s because most regular people wash their own dishes and drive themselves around. I am showing my Mid-West. I am fully that there are entire cities where most people don’t drive.

The point is the same. Why am I arguing with a fake person right now? Oh no, you are here for the breakdown.

Back to the cliche of time.

Before I decide on what I am going to write about when I do these blogs I ask myself who is one person I can write something for. Typically that one person is somebody who is thinking about starting a new hobby, developing a new habit, or they have a creative passion that they want to start monetizing. I would imagine most of the people that fit into this category have a full time job. Time is precious, more precious for someone with an already busy life.

In order to take the next step, especially the step form zero out into the land of the unknown. You are going to have to say no to something. Sometimes it is someone you love. That sucks and it is hard. It has to happen.

Maybe you’re just saying no to guzzling down a six pack of beer and watching a Motor Head documentary. Hopefully that no doesn’t hurt too bad.

If you aren’t at rock bottom and you’re having to say no to some time with a friend or a loved one. Just remember to be fair and kind. You should also probably let them know how happy building a new habit will make you. If they love you to, being vulnerable is going to go a really long way.



Jon Kuhn

After spending my 20's not trying I am spending my 30's trying.