Have Someone Else Make Your Excuses

Say Yes to Saying Yes, Don't Say No.
After seeing the movie "Yes Man" the other weekend I keep thinking about being alert to potential and opportunities. It was fun to see how many times Jim Carrey's character made excuses and missed out on possibly having a good time with his friends, with his coworkers, etc. The thing that scrapped my suspsense of disbelief, however, was how insistent and encouraging his best friend was (and the granny neighbor *shiver*)--in real life, there's no way someone's going to dedicate their free time to find and call you out at the local video store, looking to pull you out of yourself or your doldrums.

Here's something in a sorta-kinda similar vein that I noticed on Lifehacker's rss today. They talk about a NYTimes article (Lifehacker forgot to include the URL but I found it mwahaha) that focuses on how people create excuses, even without realizing it, and how excuse-makers end up not being viewed well, instinctively, by their coworkers, friends, and family. The researchers recommend having someone else excuse you or make your excuses for you, in order to save yourself the rep of an excuse-maker...