The Cure..?

In the most recent podcast episode on being a yes man or person with a big heart, the phrase “we are the cure” comes up. I think it’s essential to go into more detail about this and remove the negative stereotype.

The Stereotype

In business, they say being a yes person can lead to loss of value and even leading projects astray when they could steer it in the right direction. Outside the workplace, it leads to people taking advantage, using you as a backup, and not valuing your opinion.

The Truth

Big-hearted or “yes men” are supportive, remember the minor details, and are in touch with themselves. Amongst many other skills, these three are crucial for running efficient businesses as well as solving problems.

When you start a new venture, would you want a team of people who forget deadlines, client details, and how the thermostat cuts off at 4? or a team of individuals who know these things. When you look at it this way the answer is option B. The only thing stopping this is conforming to negative stereotypes or being unwilling to give someone a chance
, which is another thing a big-hearted person wouldn’t do.

That said, showing others this side isn’t always easy when all they can see is sensitivity, a follower, or a backup plan. Thus a dose of confidence in oneself is essential. Learning to say “yes, but” or “did you know” instead of just following along. Use your voice and stand tall instead of being closed off or quiet all the time.

The Cure

So going back to the notion of ” we are the cure.” Being either of the two labels is powerful when you embrace/ accept that it’s a part of you and know that it can help lift people instead of tearing them down. An ability we need more of in the world rather than stepping on others to get ahead.

There’s an abundance of opportunities out there for everyone, but it’s only accessible when we learn to be supportive, in touch and open with ourselves as well as others. Play to our strengths instead of letting them be our weaknesses.

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Ethan is a self-motivated McGill graduate with strong technical expertise, social & digital marketing experience. His work relies on strong communication skills and experience interacting with various levels of stakeholders. Skills: Adept at creating device-adaptive websites and compelling e-commerce stores. Over 8 years of experience in communications, videography and web design, with a thorough understanding of cross-media processes from concept to completion.

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