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Why Saying No is a Yes to Success with Ryan McCostlin
Episode 1068th August 2022 • The Capital Club • Brian Adams
00:00:00 00:46:28

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Ryan is the CEO & Founder of Tailwater Dental, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and he writes publicly online at He lives in Nashville with his wife and 3 young children.

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Key Highlights:

[00:01 - 16:43]  Tips for Managing Your Time Effectively

  • Ryan talks about his experience writing for himself for over a decade and how he started sharing his writings during COVID-19.
  • The most effective people spend their time, energy, and effort on what they can actually influence. Ryan encourages listeners to focus on things they can influence rather than things they cannot.
  • Spend most of your time on things that are important but not urgent. Parkinson's law states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
  • Adopting a low-information diet can help focus on the things that matter most. Being mindful of who we are spending our time with can be beneficial.

.[16:44 - 44:26]  Quality Time Matters More Than Quantity Time

  • Ryan reflects on his career journey, noting that he has had to say no to opportunities in the past to pursue his true passions.
  • The Story of the Chinese Farmer tells us that a perceived fortune or misfortune isn’t always fortune or misfortune. Not always being happy with what we have can be a blessing in disguise, as it can help us learn and grow.
  • The most important thing is to spend with people you love, and that quantity over quality is key when it comes to time at home.
  • Ryan encourages employees to be proactive in their careers and shoot for goals bigger than themselves.

[44:27 - 46:28] Closing Segment

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Key Quotes:

“If I'm thinking through something, it helps to hold myself accountable for communicating these thoughts in a way that's accessible to others.” - Ryan McCostlin

“Intimacy can't be scheduled, and tenderness can't be planned. We can't make an appointment with our children to get them to share their real secret fears and dreams.” - Ryan McCostlin

“Early in our career, if we can remember that maybe our goal isn't to have a certain number in the bank account. But our goal is to be able to wake up without an alarm clock, on our own terms; that's something that's better to shoot for.” - Ryan McCostlin

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