Learning to Say No

Young lawyers are constantly bombarded by partners, other young lawyers, friends, relatives, and members of their communities (business and charitable) to give more and more of their time to various projects, organizations, and work.


However, young attorneys easily over commit by simply saying “yes” to every activity that comes through the door. Being new to the profession, we want to impress others and show people what we are made of.


This article  sums up two major points of why saying “no” is important in your work life—why say “no” in the first place and why “no” isn’t a bad word.


“Because people are expected to be agreeable, you might think that saying ‘no’ means you’re being disagreeable. That’s not really the case: you’re just saying you can’t do what is being asked of you.” – Mark Wilson, Esq.


Bryan is an associate with Atkins, Hollmann, Jones, Peacock, Lewis & Lyon, Inc., where he maintains a transactional practice with a focus on probate and real estate issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and his J.D. from Texas Tech University. Bryan currently serves as District 17 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He is a board member of the Ector County Bar, Ector County Young Lawyers, Catholic Charities, and Young Professionals of Odessa. Bryan was born in Midland, Texas, and currently lives in Odessa, Texas, where he enjoys golfing, travelling, and playing cello.

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