My life changed when I decided to ask for sound advice. It was uncomfortable at first, because it exposed me to what I wasn’t good at it (which was a lot, mind you). But what I found out was this: most successful people love to be asked how they did it--they’re happy to help. Why? Because they didn’t get where they’re at without the help of someone else. There’s another piece to the puzzle, though. This may be the most important piece: I was willing to do what successful people said, and I’m still doing it.
Here are three reasons why we should be asking more questions.
Humility - Asking questions helps us foster humility. It communicates to ourselves and others around us I want to win, and win big, but I can't do it alone. In order to seek wise counsel from someone else, it requires us to sit our ego aside and throw our pride in the trash. This has been hard for me, as it could be for you, because I have the tendency with my competitive nature to want to know it all, be it all and do it all.
"What would you consider your biggest failure? What did you learn from it?
Lifelong Learner - Asking questions helps us develop our inner student. If we're not growing, we're dying. So, it's important to continue asking questions in order to keep our creative juices flowing. Yes, there are foundational truths to growth and success, but that doesn't mean there aren't new, innovative ways of operating. Keep building on what's tried and true by learning something live and new.
"What book are you currently reading? How has it positively impacted your life?"
Ship Building - Asking questions helps us initiative meaningful conversations which are stepping stones to building valuable relationships. If we are truly the average of our five closest associations, then this means we can take a proactive approach to meeting new people and building a better network by asking the right questions. Asking questions also expresses a genuine interest in the lives of those we you are connected with. It allows us to gather intel on ways we can add value to them.
"Who do you know that I should know? Can you introduce me to them?
What do you truly want to accomplish? No one can do it for you, but you can’t do it alone. Get out of your own way. Find a mentor. Ask for help. The successful people who achieve great things and impact the most people (the right way), actually want to help you do more than they have done. That’s sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. It's another way for them to leave a legacy.
"Be used for something significant." -John Mason
If you keep stepping in faith, you will soon find out, if you look behind you, others have decided to join the march with you. All they really needed was someone to model for them what courage, commitment and consistency looked like. What they needed was a hero... Someone determined to never settle for what the world offers. Someone willing to take back what's theirs by divine right. Someone ready to go to work every single day for a higher authority. Guess what? That hero could be you. And if you decide today to take responsibility for the territory that has been given to you, that hero is you.
A hero goes when it doesn't make sense to go. A hero gives when it doesn't make sense to give. A hero loves when it doesn't makes sense to love. A hero puts all chips in when it doesn't make sense to risk it all. A hero knows that it's okay to empty the cup, for the cup will be refilled, and it will overflow.
March forward. You'll be surprised at the number of people who join you. Don't concern yourself with who it actually is. You'll be surprised at the number of people who are watching you. Don't concern yourself with who it actually is. Just know that by allowing yourself to be used for a cause greater than yourself, you will become a beacon of hope for the world around you.
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