Should You Start Being More Selfish With Your Time Every Day?

The more selfish you are, the more everyone else around you will benefit. Yes, you heard that right. Here's why you should start saying "no" more this year.

Being "selfish" generally has a negative connotation: Nobody likes (or knows how) to say "no" to the boss who's asking them to stay late, or to the friends who want them to come out for a few drinks, even though they have a long training run in the morning. But when you become everyone else's yes-man, it begins to take a toll on your own priorities, health, and happiness. This in turn can negatively affect your relationships with the same people you didn't want to disappoint in the first place.  

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On this DEKA Series episode of The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena, DEKA Series co-hosts and DEKA FIT co-creators Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp discuss how failing to take care of yourself first will make you incapable of taking care of anyone else, along with specific ways to be more selfish with your time. 

"Sometimes, saying 'no' to something is your best 'yes,'" Cogswell says.

Listen to the podcast in its entirety below, then commit to something HARD — a Spartan or Tough Mudder obstacle course race, a lengthy Trail race, a DEKA functional fitness event, a HIGHLANDER hiking adventure, or any other HARD event — and start being more selfish with your time to reach your goal.

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