This zettel needs work, maybe empirical backing?
In order to achieve success in our careers and happiness in our lives, we need to say 'no' to a lot of things, as argued in Book - Essentialism.. the disciplined pursuit of less and similar books. As this is difficult, we often say 'yes' initially in the hopes that we can exit the commitment at a later point in time. Saying no trades popularity for respect, but the hit to the popularity is a lot bigger when we initially say 'yes' only to dip out later.
If we think about dating and personal relationships, this is an experience that we all have made time and time again.