The Best Advice I Received this Year

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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.

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