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Yes = Success - Jimmy Diresta

Make Ideas Reality Podcast


Today I’m talking with the infamous Jimmy Diresta

Who is kind of known for saying Yes to most opportunities. He tells us where his philosophy came from. We discuss his biggest breaks that have come from saying yes. Along with the worst thing that could happen from saying yes. Jimmy talks about where he draws the line and says no and how he balances his time with partner Taylor between all his other commitments.

We’ve all heard Jimmy on a thousand other podcasts answering all the same questions so I hope in this episode you will hear a side of jimmy you haven’t heard before.

Saying yes can opens you up to new challenges and opportunities.

If you wait until you feel ready to pursue an opportunity, chances are it’ll pass you by. Saying yes means that you’re open to moving past your comfort zone and embracing a new challenge. By saying yes, you naturally adopt a growth mindset, leading with your curiosity.

Saying yes invites collaboration.

There’s a reason improvisation is rooted in the phrase, “Yes, and...” Unlike no, which shuts down conversations and progress, saying yes opens up positive possibilities and invites others to build together, fostering collaboration, partnership, and further discussion.

Saying yes empowers and affirms others.

As a someone that is looked up to whether its your kids or if you are lucky a fan , choosing to say yes acts as an affirmation to others, that you see them and you’re paying attention, and they matter. Signaling trust, which empowers them

Saying yes makes life more fun.

saying yes can bring you new sources of joy. Life is a lot more fun when you say yes!


1) Where did your philosophy of saying yes come from?

2) What have been the greatest opportunities that have come from saying yes?

3) Have there been opportunities you were skeptical of in the beginning but that turned out to be game changers?

4) Where do you draw the line and say NO?

5) Have you experienced any horror stories and regretted saying yes?

6) Both you and Taylor are busy people. How do you prioritize saying yes to spending time with each other in between all your other commitments? Is Taylor better to call you on it or are you self-aware enough to see that you need to focus on each other.

7) Your videos have had a big influence on the maker community. Many people have told stories of just dropping by your workshop and you being so warm and welcoming. I remember distinctly that Laura Kampf said after visiting you that She realized if jimmy can make videos I can too. Have you seen your work and personality rub of on others and seen them empowered to try things and do things they have never done before?

8) If you had said “No” to some of the biggest opportunities. Do you think you would you have the same freedom and fun in your life?

9) Positivity and humbleness seem to be to traits you live by. How much of your “success” can you attribute to this opposed to your raw talent?


1) Fill in the blank Creativity is….

2) What is something people get wrong about you?

3) What is something you like doing that has nothing to do with making?

4) What project is completely priceless that you could never sell?

5) What does happiness look like?

Jimmy Diresta links

Justin White (Garage Avenger)

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