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01.20.14         michael's insights  

The Best Question to Ask Someone Who is Smarter than you...


Been very busy in Arizona, taking care of lots of business, and loose ends but managing to have a great time. I've had a couple meetings here and something finally clicked. Something I am becoming very aware of is that the quality of our lives are a culmination of our thought processes, and it is the thought processes and patterns themselves that determine everything, from successes, to happiness, attitudes, etc. Very hard to duplicate someones thought processes if they were to try to explain it to you, yet they could reproduce it when presented a situation. Maybe this is why reading good books has become so important to me recently, the more awesome books you read (gleaning information from those who have studied and summarized), it seems the higher your thought processes evolve in that matter.

For a long time I have been a firm believer of not taking advice from those who are doing worse than you are in a particular subject. (I mean, if you are doing better already…why would you need their advice?)

But what about those times, you meet someone whose thought processes have let them to a life where they are clearly gifted, more creative, better connected, more experienced, more knowledgeable, smarter or more successful than you are in a particular area? What is the easiest, one single question you could ask them to pick their brain? This is it:

What would you do (in this situation) if you were me?

If they are open and honest, they will apply their thought processes to your dilemma, and in those cases, if they are trustworthy, listen to and do exactly as they say and you can expect improved success.

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