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Why You Should Say 'Yes' More

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This story appears in the October 2012 issue of Start Up.

I'll bet you could use a lot more yes in your life. Everyone could, really. Think about it: What would our country be like if Republicans and Democrats said about the economy, "Yes, we can work this out"? How many more of us could shed unwanted pounds by adding four more letters to yes to say, "Yes, I can"? And how much more could we learn from our children by saying, "Yes?" instead of "What?!" when they yell for mommy or daddy?

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This past year, no one explained the chain reaction of progress sparked by the word yes better than , 's executive chairman, during his commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley:

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