There’s no such thing as a stupid question!
Those who ask lots of questions tend to reach deeper understanding of the issues/topics at hand.
Of course in our school days, most of the class would roll eyeballs and fidget while just 1 or 2 students would ask questions.
With every question asked, there would always be a range of “plug-in” from other students. Some would be relieved because that was the very question they wanted to ask but hadn’t the nerves to do so lest they be ridiculed as being one of those pesky “question askers.” Others might emit audibles in the form of heavy sighs, giggles, Yawn/Stretches, or pencil drumming on their desks.
It wasn’t cool to ask questions.
Now that we’re all grown up . . . How have those question askers done with their lives relative to those who didn’t?
I’m betting they’re doing fine and are probably STILL asking lots of questions.
Meanwhile, many of those who didn’t ask questions then are probably asking MORE questions NOW!
In my business of real estate sales and Brokerage, most of what I do for a “Presentation” is to ask the client LOTS of questions. I know that until I have real clarity of what they want to accomplish with their move, it will be difficult to serve them appropriately.
Without knowing where we are going, we are not doing much more than wandering.
Seth godin wrote a cool little blog post a few days ago (quoted in its entirety below with a link to his site)
What does a good day look like? A good week?
Who do you want to work with?
Who are you trying to please?
What sort of feedback brings you down?
What’s your tolerance for being misunderstood? By whom?
Is it about process or projects?
Which part of the project makes you happy?
At the end of the project, what would you like in return?
What diminishes the work?
How high do the stakes need to be?
How close to the edge do you need to dance? Risk? Resources? Failure?
What will you take? What will you give? Who will you connect?
How much freedom will you sacrifice to get what you want? How much commitment will you promise?
What are you measuring? Smiles, comments, traffic, cash, media response, friends, peers, insiders, outsiders?
Will they miss you when you’re done with this?
Not a bad “introspection Exercise”, eh?
So . . . “How close to the edge do you need to dance” in 2015?
I can’t wait to see you SOAR!
BTW – I and the Real Estate Sales Professionals of Pareto Realty are poised and ready to ask all the right questions and serve and protect you if making a move one of your answers.
Tell me your story . . .