Did you ever see that movie Yes Man? The one where Jim Carrey adopts the mantra of saying "yes" to literally everything? It mostly worked out for him, and led him to experience things he was always too timid or cautions to do. Life isn't a movie where things magically work out exactly as the viewer (you) wants it to. There's a lot of conflict and grey area and weird stuff that happens and needs to be dealt with, but going out of your way to say "yes" to more things tends to lead to good experiences.
The past summer Boxwood has had a lot of growth, new developments and unique opportunities. When approached with new ideas or chances to be a part of something or make something new, we did our best to always say yes, which honestly is probably why things have been so crazy for us. But despite the long weeks and raised levels of stress, it was always worth the effort in the end.
The most recent event that surprised and excited us was an invite to a private shindig held by Weebly, the awesome company that has allowed us to create this very website ourselves, located in Brooklyn Brewery. Boxwood, along with a small bundle of other new companies utilizing the powerful website creator, were to be profiled to show other businesses how we have grown an how Weebly has helped us in our efforts to create and share. It was incredibly humbling and exciting to be offered the chance to network and show off our products with pride, so we bundled up my 1999 Chevy Prizm with loads of coffee, crates and bags and blitzed through the Holland tunnel with no air conditioning to set up shop in a brewery. We gave out loads of samples, chatted coffee with new friends, sold bags beans and merch, got our photos taken, participated in a Q&A with audience members and met some incredibly passionate people all excited about what they do. Sipping of complimentary craft beer was a nice plus too!
A lot of great things have come out of that night and plenty of other hectic days because we said yes to opportunities regardless of how ridiculous it may seem to pull it off. Whether your business needs a push or you just need to bring some change of pace to your personal life, start saying "yes" to more things, put yourself out there and go for whatever it is you didn't think you'd achieve. Maybe it will let you to sell to more people, or introduce you to new friends, or get you to discover a new favorite band or restaurant or experience. Shake hands, talk, have fun.
Why would you say no?
Hayden Kaye is our Master Roaster and head of the Say Interesting Stuff department.