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Hell Yes!: Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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She started Tribe in 2002 in a converted screened porch off her kitchen, partly to avoid going off to an office every day while her son was young. She now has a strong interest in helping other entrepreneurs launch their own companies. In 2005, she wrote a book on female entrepreneurs called "Run Your Business Like a Girl." More recently, she developed a card deck titled "Start Your Own Company" that breaks down the gargantuan task of launching a business into 52 manageable steps, one step per card.
Her most recent book is titled "Hell Yes! Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life" and is mostly about how to say no to the things that aren't important to you so you leave room to say yes to the ones that are.
Elizabeth lives in Atlanta with her husband Steve, son Sam and border collie Lucy. Tribe's office is now in a high-rise five minutes from the house, with a view of the trees stretching out to the Chattahoochee River beyond.
Top Customer Reviews
Pretty much any self help book you read - and most religions as well - will tell you to determine your life's priorities and to work diligently towards them. Do not let yourself get sidetracked by inessentials. Yet modern society bombards us with distractions. Email invitations from people we rarely know. Pressure from work or school to take on new projects. We feel guilted into decisions, pressured into things we really are not that thrilled about.
This book gives you a kick. Are you thrilled about this party, or responsibility, or task? If not, then DO NOT DO IT. If you fill your life up with tons of things you aren't keen on, how could you ever have time in your life to do something you really love? You can't, because you are too busy. And you are too busy because you chose to accept "less than great" matches for you.
Yes you might feel guilty saying no at first. But here's a scenario. Say the PTA asks you to volunteer for a bake sale. You say no. They move on to the next parent and find someone who loves to make cupcakes! Now the other parent is thrilled and very happy. You have free time and can do something YOU love. Everyone wins. These situations can only occur if each person chases their dreams.
The key is not to try to see if something is "slightly better" than something else. If you feel only a mild inclination to take on a new project, then give it a pass. By having time free in your life, you will have less stress, and will have the ability to say "yes!" when that perfect project comes along.
Hell, Yes! is, essentially, a very small reminder on why we should all remember to only take on the things in life that will truly make us happy. Of course, there is a caveat - some things are absolutely necessary whether they make us happy or not...changing my toddler's diapers being a prime example. However, when faced with as many decisions as we are on a daily basis, it can certainly be helpful to realize that we do not always have to say yes.
It's a terrific life lesson that comes in a very small, attractive and easy-to-read package. In fact, it wouldn't be out of place in anyone's library!
PS my teenage daughter loves it too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book ROCKS! A great way to look at all of your life and make decisions! Highly Recommended for everyone.Published 21 months ago by SAM
I have since shared this simple little book with several young colleagues and plan to give it to my niece as part of a college graduation package. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Drew Plant
Hell Yes! Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life offers a simple philosophy and approach to life that helps readers define what is important and how to embrace it. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
So simple but effective when you need a little inspiration to keep going, and do what you feel most strongly about. Refreshing and it put a smile on my face today!Published on June 26, 2009 by A. Lee
Only Elizabeth Baskin will come right out and say what we've all been thinking!
Thank you for delivering such a powerful message in simple style, that allowed me to apply it... Read more
This is a wonderful book that tremendously improved my life full of commitments I hate making. Now I live each day making clearer decisions and I'm happier because of it. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by Megan Tackett