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19 Reasons Why Grammar Nerds Are More Likely To Be Successful

19 Reasons Why Grammar Nerds Are More Likely To Be Successful

As a grammar nerd, you’re sometimes mocked for your large vocabulary and appropriate use of syntax. It’s tough always being right in a sea full of wrong, especially when other people try to bring you down. However, that’s no reason to become discouraged.

Own your title of “Grammar Nerd.” It’s an honorable distinction that sets you apart from the rest. It may also be a predictor of your current or future success. Here are 19 reasons why grammar nerds are more likely to be successful.

1. They are perfectionists

Grammar nerds work their tails off until everything is perfect. Who cares that you haven’t slept in 56 hours as long as everything is where it’s supposed to be? Perfectionism is an important trait for many highly successful people. Rejoice!

2. They pay attention to detail

Grammar nerds pay attention to every detail when reading, writing, or speaking. That focus flows into everything else they do. If you’re going to be successful, you have to pay attention to the details. Who knows when that one little thing will be the make-or-break factor to accomplishing your dreams?

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3. They know how to articulate their thoughts

Grammar nerds are so good with syntax that they’re better able to say exactly what they mean, and mean exactly what they say. This is huge when it comes to sales, meetings, growth, leadership, parenting, and everything involved in being successful.

4. They care about the little things

Grammar nerds care. It’s not just that they pay attention to details, it’s that they genuinely care about the little things. After all, big things are just a lot of little things put together, which makes them rather important.

5. They have better writing skills

Grammar nerds can focus on the details without getting lost. With their superior writing skills, grammar nerds are better at proposals, assignments, their own resumés, and general communication skills, giving them a leg up along the path to success.

6. They utilize rules creatively

Grammar nerds know the rules backwards and forwards. They know what’s normally done, as well as what can be done creatively without breaking the rules. Instead of thinking inside the box, they use the box as a tool for progress — a critical skill for being successful.

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7. They analyze everything

Grammar nerds analyze and re-analyze everything you put in front of or say to them. If you’re going to be successful, you have to scrutinize every little detail. No one ever became successful without having an analytical mind.

8. They have sharper minds

Grammar nerds are great at quick assessments, a symptom of a sharp mind. Because they think more swiftly, they’re able to learn and improve quickly, giving them a notable edge on the success front.

9. They are incredibly organized

Grammar nerds know that everything has a purpose and a place. A more organized life means minds that function more clearly than those who are disorganized, which is rather impactful when you’re striving for success.

10. They give better impressions of themselves

Grammar nerds pay more attention to detail, giving them the upper hand when it comes to making impressions. Everything from how you carry yourself to the specific words you say affect others’ views of you. Because it’s about who you know rather than what you know, grammar nerds’ abilities to leave better impressions give them another leg up.

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11. They think things through thoroughly before finalizing anything

Grammar nerds are programmed to edit and re-edit everything before declaring it final. This habit of thoroughly proofing every minor thing is foundational to long-term success.

12. They believe in doing things right

Grammar nerds are the embodiment of doing the right things the right way at the right time, which just so happens to be a very important thing when it comes to success.

13. They have high standards for themselves and others

Grammar nerds have higher standards than their colleagues, whether while working or for life in general. They push themselves to surpass those high standards, and expect those around them to do the same. This constant push to improve is another marker of success.

14. They are great conversationalists

Grammar nerds know their respective languages far better than most. They have a larger vocabulary and a stronger grasp of syntax, making them better conversationalists. This pays off massively through sales, networking, negotiating, and managing — among other things — all of which are important to gaining success.

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15. They understand that it’s what you say and how you say it

Grammar nerds know that inflection and proper phrasing are key to communication, and that communication is key to furthering yourself in whatever you do. They present things how others want to see or hear them, helping them to gain favor and making them more likely to be successful.

16. They work harder

Grammar nerds spend more time in deep focus — it’s not easy making everything perfect all the time. Their innate work ethic propels them high above their colleagues, causing them to reach success more quickly.

17. They are great leaders

Grammar nerds know how to communicate in a way that helps others improve — a primary characteristic of great leaders. They’re able to handle situations and conversations in ways that others agree and respect, creating a solid foundation for success.

18. They can handle more work

Grammar nerds can take on a heavier load. They’re accustomed to taking and improving upon others’ words and ideas, increasing their general workload. Because they are able to work more without fatiguing, they are more likely to be successful.

19. They work well independently

Grammar nerds are incredibly self-motivated. They spend plenty of time away from others, motivating themselves to work. This inner drive to work well catapults them forward along the path to success.

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How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

The Importance of Saying No

When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

6 Ways to Start Saying No

Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

Final Thoughts

Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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