Hell yes!

I recently stumbled upon this inspirational blog post from entrepreneur Derek Sivers.

His main point can be summed up by this excerpt:

“When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.”

I think Sivers has a good point here. If you aren’t passionate about something, why do it? Why settle for less if you can wait for something that truly inspires and motivates you?

I don’t think he sees the big picture though. Doing things that make you say, “Well…okay….” is just a part of life, and the results can be good.Even if the experience itself is sub-par, there are still lessons to be learned. If you decide to pass on committing to something just because it doesn’t rev your engine, you can miss out on something valuable.

Here’s an example. The other day in a staff meeting, I was given the option to cover Republican senate candidate Monica Wehby‘s election celebration party later that night. My initial reaction? “Hell no!” Standing around for a few hours waiting for election results to come out did not sound appealing to me, when I had other projects I would much rather be working on.

But I found myself saying, “Well…okay….”

I ended up having a great time, got some free food and learned a lot of valuable information about political issues. It was an exciting night for Oregonians, and I was able to be a part of history. The best part? I met other reporters at the event and made some great connections – radio, television, other newspapers… Walking away with my stomach full and pocket full of business cards, I was grateful that I chose to take up this opportunity even though it had never piqued my interest.


So, take a lesson from Napoleon Dynamite here and learn to settle for less than a “Hell yeah!”

“Hell yeahs” are great and you should take them every chance you get, but there are times when events that inspire much less can prove to be extremely rewarding.

Virginia Werner

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7 Responses to Hell yes!

  1. feeneyy says:

    Congrats girl, that’s awesome! I agree with you on this post. I have been in the same spot at times. I have found that yes, you need to be excited about the work that you have to do, but not everything is going to be great. Sometimes we all need to get through the not so great stuff to get to the great.Thanks for sharing!

  2. pdxsx says:

    Well done! So glad that you took the opportunity and turned it into a kick-ass networking event!


  3. madelinestone says:

    I think you are really onto something. Its a valuable skill to be able to decide to take on and what to pass on. Being passionate about your work is always a plus and you make a good point that doing the “well okay” tasks can help lead you to the real gold. As interns, we are the lowest in the chain of command and some days it really feels like it! However, the “well okay” tasks in my opinion serve as mini opportunities to prove your worth to your employer or in this case editor. Just keep focusing on the positive attributes each opportunity brings and soon enough we will find ourselves slowly moving up, (well hopefully)!

  4. This is awesome! I completely agree, especially because of our age. We are new to this industry and need all the connections we can get and an event like this is great to expand your knowledge on the topic of politics and to casually network. Who knows someone you met could be a future coworker! Sometimes we aren’t enthused about a task we are given but we have the ability to learn so much from something we might not find interesting. Good job keeping your enthusiasm and turning a “hell no” experience into a “hell yes” experience!

  5. Cheers! So wonderful to hear a classmate putting themselves out there like this. Good for you 🙂 Such a great outlook to have. However, I also have found it beneficial to push yourself to do things that are not only out of your comfort zone but also things that may not initially sound like your cup of tea. In doing this I have found tasks or jobs that I may not have ever thought to be for me end up bringing out a strength or teaching me something new.

  6. This is such a good post! When starting out in a job, it’s easy to get more of the “well ok” assignments than the “hell yes!” assignments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them or turn them into something meaningful and exciting. Your story is a great example of this! I think it’s important to try and make the most out of any situation and learn what you can from it, even if it’s not what you think. And although not every situation may turn out so well, it’s doing the just ok stuff that opens the door to the amazing stuff.

  7. pcriscola says:

    That’s awesome! It’s hard to look at situations we really don’t want to be apart of and look on the bright side. It takes actually getting over it and doing your job to realize you could have missed out on a great opportunity! I’m glad you had a good experience cause now looking at other opportunities to come up you can think of your last experience and it will open so many more doors for you! Congrats!

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