‘It’s the best word I’ve ever said!’

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“I said no to plas­tic surgery!”

“I have a facial de­for­mity, so get­ting surgery to look ‘nor­mal’ seemed like the only op­tion. This could change ev­ery­thing for me. But when it was time to take the plunge, I said no, a word no-one ex­pected to hear. It was the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion of my life be­cause at that mo­ment, I de­cided to live with some­thing that made me spe­cial, and not like ‘ev­ery other girl’. I haven’t looked back since. —Des­sidre Flem­ing, 23

“I said yes to liv­ing alone in a new city!”

“When I was ac­cepted by the col­lege of my dreams in a dif­fer­ent city (through the sports quota), my fam­ily had more than one thing to worry about— how would I sur­vive in a new city? How would I jug­gle be­tween my stud­ies and sports? Would I be able to do jus­tice to both, and most im­por­tantly, would I man­age on my own? But I fol­lowed my gut and went ahead...and it was the best de­ci­sion I took. I’ve met in­cred­i­ble new peo­ple, dis­cov­ered new op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences, and have man­aged to strike a bal­ance be­tween my stud­ies and my hobby.”

—Sid­dhima Nigam, 21

“I said yes a tough as­sign­ment”

“I was in­tern­ing with an ad­ver­tis­ing agency for six weeks, which, I think, is a rather short time to learn any­thing sub­stan­tial. Mostly, they gave me light work to keep me oc­cu­pied, but this one time, my boss was busy with some­thing else, and asked if I could help build a com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­egy from scratch. Hes­i­tant (and ter­ri­fied) as I was, I couldn’t say no to a se­nior. I also knew that I had to do it the way my boss would, which only added to the pres­sure. I was wor­ried about do­ing it wrong, get­ting into trou­ble, or worse, be­ing asked to leave! But I worked very hard on the pro­ject, and gave it my best shot. Luck­ily, my boss thought I did a good job! Say­ing yes to that pro­ject made me re­alise that not only was I de­cent at han­dling dead­line pres­sures, but could con­sider a fu­ture in ad­ver­tis­ing, too.” —Ar­zoo Sahni, 20

“I said yes to be­ing self em­ployed!”

“It was prob­a­bly the big­gest risk I’ve ever taken! Re­sign­ing from a de­cently pay­ing job was a (very) tough de­ci­sion, but say­ing yes to start­ing out on my own, at a young age, is what led to many pos­i­tive changes in my life. Now I own a PR firm, and can im­ple­ment ideas the way I want. The sat­is­fac­tion that comes from work­ing on my own terms is what boosts my morale to work even harder.”

—Me­hak Awa­tra­mani, 24

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