Smart people ask smarter questions

June 25, 2009

“If you’re not getting the answers you want – change the questions.”

 I heard this valuable advice from Joe Calloway. Let’s look a little deeper into this gem. I agree that asking the right question is much more difficult than answering the question. Asking the question determines the perspective, responsibility and value of the answer.

 Smart people ask smart questions. Stupid people ask stupid questions.

 Don’t buy into the myth “There are no stupid questions.”

 The reality is that there are stupid questions. If you want better results, ask smarter questions.

 For example:

 If you have been asking, “Why won’t anybody hire me?”  change the question to “What can I do to get hired?”

 If you have been asking, “Why is business slow?” change the question to “What can I do to improve my business?”

 

George Torok

Motivational Business Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker

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Don’t be bound by hasty promises

June 2, 2009

Have you ever made a promise that you wish you hadn’t?

My guess is that you probably have. You don’t need to fret over those hasty promises. Think about all the people whose marriages didn’t work out. Yet they all promised at the time of marraige to love each other forever – till death do us part.

That was a well meaning but dumb promise. We make those kind of promises when we are emotional or pressured.

And then we worry about breaking “our promise” even when everything else tells us that it was dumb.

Breaking your promise can be a good thing. Why? Because we often make promises under pressure or with little information. So when conditions or informaiton changes – we should re-evaluate our promises and break them if that is the right thing to do.

Doing the right thing is more important than keeping a dumb promise.

George Torok


Scare Yourself

June 1, 2009

Do something that scares you – at least once a year.

If you want to grow scare yourself. It doesn’t need to be sky diving – although that would work.

What have you done recently that scared you? If you can’t think of anything you are not growing enough.

George Torok