The Best Advice I Received this Year
Have you ever attended an event where there was a keynote speaker who said something that made you feel as if you were the only person in the room and that person was ministering directly to you and only you? Well that happened to me a couple weeks ago while attending a half-day leadership conference at my MBA Alma Mater (Rollins College). It was a simulcast with leadership authority John C. Maxwell who was teaching some of the principles in his latest book, “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions.”
Here’s the thing…I’ve understood the power of questions for quite some time, it was Dr. Rick who taught me that we lead with questions, not answers. And Tony Robbins who affirmed something along the lines of the quality of our life being directly related to the quality of the questions that we ask. Not just of others, but more importantly of ourselves. Translation: ask crappy questions of yourself and get crappy results – sorry couldn’t sugar coat that one
So what was it that Mr. Maxwell said that had me sit up straight-er in my seat and really and truly ponder this statement as the best advice I’ve received in 2014.
Maxwell simply said…
“You’re one question away from an answer that will change your life.”
That was it.
I couldn’t believe it!
Just one question.
Only one question away from and answer that would change my life forever. Talk about powerful.
He then went on to say that questions actually unlock doors that otherwise would remain closed; and the greatest doors of opportunity are always locked. I’ll repeat that…the greatest doors of opportunity are always locked. And the only way to unlock these doors is to use the key of a great question.
As a result…this has me slowing down. Way down and really examining the questions that I’m asking myself and others…giving myself space to see if there is a better question to be asking or if I’m on the right track with the current question. Such a fun game!
During Maxwell’s keynote, I even picked up some new questions for future guests on the podcast! I can’t wait to see how some of these questions allow me to go deeper with each guest while providing a richer experience for us all. My three favorites include:
- What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
- What are you learning now?
- What have you done that I (or our listeners) should do?
See why I’m so geeked about this stuff?
He also shared a question/principle that was also so familiar but I needed to hear it again for the simple purpose of leveling up. It was his main question for leaders and let me be the first to tell you, we are all leaders. We are each leaders and creators of our lives and the number one question Maxwell asks all leaders to answer of themselves is:
Am I investing in myself?
Not is your company investing in you, are your parents or friends investing in you…no are you investing in yourself?
What are you doing to grow your greatest investment? You.
Because the truth is…you cannot take others (as a leader) where you have not gone yourself.
Jim Rohn said, “work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” He said, “if you work hard on your job you can make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.”
The choice is yours.
So with that my friends. I have one question that I would love for you to answer.
How can I add value to you?
Leave a comment and let me know. Perhaps I could add value by diving deeper into this topic on an upcoming podcast
Whatever I can do to better serve you and add value to your life, I’d really love to know, so leave a comment, or send me a message, or better yet ask me a question and I’d be more than happy to answer it.
Because you’re just one question away from an answer that could change your life forever.
Sending you lots of love and light!
Now go, live your message and as John Wooden would say, “Make today your masterpiece.”
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