In Only 36 Seconds, Tom Hanks Outlined the Single Greatest Thing to Do for Your Career

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Actor Tom Hanks is arguably one of Hollywood's greatest assets--with wild successes such as Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story series, his career spans nearly four decades and is still going strong. Having "made it" the way so many of us want to, he recently gave an interview entitled A Tom Hanks Type on NPR's 1A with Joshua Johnson. About 35 minutes into the segment, Hanks dropped this gem of wisdom about keeping control over your life and career:    

"The only way I think you can choose--in my position anyway, the only way I could shape my career was by saying no to things I didn't want to do. And if you say no, and no one else is offering you a job, that means you don't have a job. It's easy to say yes to something [when it pays] a lot of money, you get to go somewhere, you get to have fun. They're working. [Easiest] thing in the world is to say yes. But to look at somebody and say, 'I've done it already, I'm repeating myself, it's not going to advance me along anymore and I'm in this for something other than that,' then you gotta say no."

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