The word “no” is the most valuable tool for founders. It’s the currency with which you buy time, your most precious asset, as you are building your business.
Time is your asset, but it works against you. The moment you launch your business and start spending money on your team, your overhead, marketing, etc., you notice that they are mostly denominated by time. Almost all of your KPIs are also time-driven. Revenues, gross profit, visitors, customers… are all meaningful when you attach time to them. The same with your monthly burn and your runway. Time dictates your success.
When you say “no” to activities that do not contribute to the few success metrics on which you focus, you are buying yourself time, with which you can continue that focus.