Apr 02

Are You a ‘Yes Man’?


While browsing through LinkedIn feeds yesterday, I came across a quote that someone had posted that I really really liked. it read:

“Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left…”

This rang very true to me. I began to reflect back on all of my previous commitments, jobs, volunteer opportunities, etc. And realized how much I’ve always been motivated, and that those jobs where I was enabled and given a purpose, I was able to excel even more. Ok, so let’s keep in mind, jobs (and/or managers) that give us purpose and help enable us to get things done are really vital for us to continue exceeding and growing.

Another thing I’ve come to realize over the past few years. I like to get things done. I like to help the company I work for succeed. And I work hard at what I do. Do I take on more than I should every week? Well, yes… Do you? I started to think back to some stints with work where I’d ended up putting in 70-90 hours a week for a few months, another stint where I was doing 60-70. I’d had a few people at the beginning of the year also comment on the amount of work I take on (and continue to say yes to more), which helped me set a New Years resolution to learn to say ‘No’ more frequently. Does taking on large loads at work like that make me a “Yes-Man”?

I looked up the definition of a Yes-Man:

“A weak person who always agrees with their political leader or their superior at work.”

Phew! I’m ok here, I definitely speak my mind and have my own opinions, and do not always agree. So what’s am I? what’s wrong with me?

  • I like to see all the check boxes checked next to my To Do list
  • I like to stay busy
  • I like to feel accomplished
  • I like to make a difference


So, I’m thinking it turns out that the only problem I have here is moderation… Are you the same way?

What I’ve found is, if you are good at what you do, you will be given more opportunities and responsibilities. This is a good thing because it helps us grow and excel even more. At some point however, we need to take greater responsibility and know when the load is full without usurping time and cycles from other aspects of our lives. Every day, work will still be there, there will always be more to do. Work and feel fulfilled. Do what you are passionate about. But when the [work]day is done. Be satisfied with what you’ve completed and walk away til tomorrow. Managers will not think less of you. Recharge, Balance your life, and be ready for what tomorrow brings.

What are your experiences with this? How do you deal with balancing your life while striving to excel in the workplace? What tips do you have for others? Comment below!

1 comment

  1. Dustin

    Nothing wrong with a Yes Man unless they’re incompetent and/or in a management/C-level position.

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