The Dark Side Of Success

  • Success comes with surprises — the ones we don’t like, we call problems.
  • Doesn’t the Bible say to be content with what you have?
  • A tip on how to say “No” to someone who won’t take “no” for an answer.

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Tip of the Week

How to say “Noto someone who won’t take “No” for an answer

Don’t give them an opening. Don’t allow a loophole.

Email templates for saying “No”

#1 The Definitive NO


Thanks so much for your interest in having me (WHATEVER THEY ARE ASKING),

Unfortunately, due to my existing commitments, my answer is “No.”

Just to prevent any confusion, this answer is “No,” and is not “maybe later” or “check back.”

There is no need to check back. The answer will not change.

Thank you again for asking.

Best of luck in finding (WHATEVER THEY ARE ASKING).

Ray Edwards

# 2 The Next Level NO


I apologize for not being clear.

The answer is “No,” and the answer will not change.

Anything else you feel you MUST communicate should be directed to my attorney:


This email marks the end of our communication.

I will not respond to any future emails or other contact, nor will my team.

Not only will we not respond, your messages will be blocked; we will not read them.

I’m sorry the situation came to this. I wish you well.

Ray Edwards

Spiritual Foundations

Doesn’t the Bible say to be content with what you have?

We’re Christian Mythbusters.

Philippians [4:11]-13 NLT (New Living Translation)

The Apostle Paul explained, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

You can be content while building wealth, Paul is not saying, “Don’t aspire to having goals or to do things.” He’s saying don’t let your circumstances dictate your mindset.

Feature Presentation “The Dark Side of Success

The Dark Side of Success: 5 Challenges We Didn’t Expect

  1. Your success changes relationships.
  2. Success is a magnifying lens for your personality.
  3. You can become obsessed, which is not healthy.
  4. You can find your identity wrapped up in your success.
  5. Higher revenues can equal lower pay.
  • Why it’s harder to make $100,000 than $1 million dollars — How to be courageous and prepare for those in your life who will say, “You owe it to me.” [11:00]
  • Unwinding the concept of no regrets in Heaven — Why will our tears need to be wiped away? What tears? Why tears? [12:45]
  • If you’re unhappy when you’re poor, will you be unhappy when you are rich? — How the volume of who you are is magnified by success and money. [15:18]
  • Obsession — Why it’s crucial to distinguish whether you’re pursuing or preoccupied with success. [17:00]
  • Uncover identity issues based on bank balances and status — How to discover if you are only living for the approval of others. [18:44]
  • Solving a puzzle leads to a higher-level problem — What you can learn from a good Roman emperor. [21:10]
  • Do you find happiness? — How discovering what you think about obstacles, puzzles, and problems helps you create happiness. [23:01]

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

  • Email templates for saying “No”
  • Philippians [4:11]-13 NLT
  • Shake off lies and limitations related to prosperity, construct your own Prosperity Blueprint when you join us at our new conference this summer, check it out at

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at