Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: YES!

I am taking the easy route this week with a recycled blog.  I just love this one and I think about it just about every single day including in my house with the kids.  So far we started the year with the no complaining diet.  I would say this blog too portrays another great potential New Year’s resolution.  If you haven’t followed my lead on “YES” in the past, no time is better than now.  Just try this…you too will realize how liberating it feels to say YESSSS!

No!  No!  No!  That dirty little word has be driving me crazy lately because I have been hearing way too much of it from people that should be saying YES!  YES!  YES!  I am hearing this from suppliers, vendors, publishers, employees, reps and so many others.  I just don’t get it.  I am not sure if the people are just being lazy or that it is just their nature, but from me, I can promise you a YES!  99.9% of the time.

What kind of business practice would it be to say NO?  A stupid one in my opinion.  The thing that bothers me even more is that when I ask “why not?” the answer is really nothing more than a really lame excuse.  I could live with a legitimate excuse.  I am not big on excuses though and typically ignore them because all they are is excuses.  So in my quest for yes answers, I relentlessly press the NO-sayers to try to get them to a yes answer.  I end up hearing more excuses and it makes me consider whether I want to continue to do business with a NOer (someone who always says NO!).  Who really needs it when I can probably easily find someone else that will say yes?

I frequently get calls, emails and letters with all sorts of requests and like I said, 99.9% of the time I say yes.  To say yes is rewarding.  People are sometimes shocked at the lengths I will go to in order to make something happen.  But this is an amazing quality and this will make people want to continue to work with me and continue to do business with my family of companies.  You would truly be surprised how often I get thank you emails, calls and letters.  People even stop me at quilt market and say, “you were so kind to have done so and so.”

Without harping on my successes of being a yes man, I have one simple request:  stop saying no! and start saying YES!  YES! YES!  You too will be thanking me as it is never too late to turn over a new and simple leaf like this one.  You will be proud you did.  Am I right or what?

Yes Man Scott

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Author: Scott Fortunoff

Author of Tales of 4th Generation Textile Executive Blog. President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. and A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. Co-President of FreeSpirit Fabrics. V-P of Henry Glass Fabrics. President of Scott’s Free Sewing Machines. Creator of the #sewrevolution.

6 thoughts on “Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: YES!”

  1. Generally I find fabric people to be kind and giving. My guild makes pillowcases for our children’s l. Last year we made over 400. That is a lot for such a small guild. Recently I asked 3 big fabric maufacture’s if they could donate some fabric to our cause. Two immediately said yes and sent fabric. I’d say that was a great response. I’m waiting on the third. People like to help each other, makes everyone feel better. Keep saying Yes.

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