Ask a stupid question and you’ll get a stupid answer. Most people would agree with that statement, especially when someone is asking you a stupid question!
But what if the tables were turned?
What if instead, you ask yourself stupid questions? Guess what? You’ll also get stupid answers.
You see, people often don’t ask questions about what they really want to know. Generally, it is because they would feel uncomfortable hearing the answer.
So, instead of asking this question…
“How does this purchase fit into my overall plan to become wealthy and financially free?”
They ask this question instead….
“How much will my monthly payment be?”
The first question is a big question. But the second question is a little question. And the person who makes a habit of asking little questions before asking big questions is destined to stay a “little person” in life. Indeed, at the end of the day, the questions we ask ourselves determine the type of people we become.
Great people become great by asking the majority of their questions in life about ideas, improvements and creating. Successful people talk about self-improvement, becoming the best versions of themselves and utilizing their talents to the fullest. In short, they ask “million dollar” questions of themselves.
Average people stay average by asking the majority of their questions about the weather, politics, current events and the latest TV shows. They make a habit of asking questions about useless things and petty emotions that are designed to keep them average. In short, they ask “hundred thousand dollar” questions of themselves.
Below average people stay below average by asking the majority of their questions about other people, such as Hollywood starlets and the latest scandal. They gossip and have a fixed, narrow mindset. Their questions show a lack of patience, a focus on the here-and-now only, and a sense of entitlement. In short, they ask “hundred dollar” questions of themselves.
Great questions are the genesis of great creations. Great minds have a tendency to discover and create. Great minds are more concerned about ‘the why’ and ‘the how’ of a phenomenon. This is why they hanker after ideas, as ideas always precede action. For a great creation/invention/discovery to occur, the idea behind it must begin with great questions. You see, an idea requires context. This is why great minds always ask “what is the big picture here?”.
An average mind will have less of this curiosity and creativity. Hence an average mind will be concerned more about ‘the where‘ and ‘the which‘ of a phenomenon. They will be interested in an event, its happenings and other details, but not its greater significance; because therein lies the context.
A small mind has even less of these traits. They are just concerned about ‘the what‘ and ‘the who‘ of a phenomenon. That is why they can think no further than the what is right in front of them (ex. how much is my monthly payment?). They cannot correlate contexts from different phenomenon into one rational comprehension.
Can you see a pattern here?
Most people want to achieve more than they ever have before. Most believe that if they can only do a few extra things or find out what the successful people are doing, they can do it too. Looking at the clues left behind is an important step, but there’s another step that is usually overlooked.
You are probably asking what the first step is by now. I’m glad you are.
The reason so many of the wealth “gurus” sell how to get rich quick programs is because that is what people really want. They want other people to tell them what to do.
Most people want quick, easy answers. Sorry friend, life isn’t quite that easy.
But there is a quick, yet hard, question you can ask yourself that will open-up the very door to uncommon success in your life.
Are you ready? Want to know what it is?
What is the question you must ask of yourself to become wildly successful?
WHO MUST I BECOME TO ACHIEVE WHAT I’VE NEVER ACHIEVED?
What does that mean? Simply put, you have today the equivalent of what you know how to get. If you were already the person you needed to be to earn a million dollars per year now, you’d already be earning a million dollars per year. If you’re earning less than a million per year today it’s because that is your capacity today.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to remain your capacity. You can become a millionaire if you’re willing to become a millionaire. I know that sounds strange, but you’ll never become something more while being something less. First, you must think like a millionaire and then ask questions like a millionaire , then, the money will follow.
Think about it. If I ask you the often-repeated question of “Quickly, in one sentence, what do you want most out of life?” Would your rushed response be something like, “I want to be happy, and have a healthy family, and a career I like that pays well, etc.”
If so, your response is going to be so common and ubiquitous that it basically doesn’t mean anything. Which is precisely why senseless, happy-go-lucky questions like this aren’t very helpful. And yet, this is precisely the kind of questions people often ask themselves.
So what kind of questions might you ask instead? Questions that force you into a corner. Questions that help you embrace the sacrifices it takes to get where you want to go. Questions that motivate you to focus on the next step forward. In other words, questions like…
1. What are you afraid of that’s keeping you from becoming who you must become? Steve Jobs said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Ask yourself: What are you afraid of? What fears are keeping you from doing what you know in your gut you need to do? It’s time to start identifying them and facing them to really reach your full potential.
2. What hard thing are you not doing enough of? Michael Dell said, “I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.” What Michael Dell is saying here, is that you have to do the hard and boring things you don’t like to get ahead. Then, instead of getting caught up on liking what you do day-to-day, you teach yourself to like the results that what you’re doing brings. Think about the tasks that you’re always procrastinating or avoiding. Are they ultimately critical to your success? How can you reframe them to focus less on the task at hand and more on the reasons that task is so important?
3. What is worth suffering for? If you want the benefits of something in life, you have to also want the costs. In other words, if you love the idea of the results you’ll get (ex. becoming a millionaire), then you must also be in love with the process (ex. saving, budgeting and investing). If you want the successful life, you have to also want the late nights working for it, the big decisions you must make, and the sacrifices you need to make to succeed. If you find yourself wanting something month after month, year after year, yet nothing happens and you never come any closer to it, then maybe what you actually want is just an idealization, a fantasy, and a false promise. Maybe you don’t actually want it at all, because you’re not willing to suffer though the work it’s going to take to achieve it. What will you suffer for?
4. What is today’s single most important goal? Don’t get me wrong: Long-term goals are important. But, most financially free people got where they are today with a laser-like focus on the specific job directly in front of them. If you had a mentor, he or she would ask you what you want to achieve today, this week, and this month, not what you’d like to achieve this year or in five years. Here’s the simple truth: You can’t get to your one-year goals without doing your one-month goals really, really well. So start thinking short-term; focus on doing what’s in front of you as well as you possibly can, and really succeed in it. Remember, the old adage – wherever you are, be there. Which means, give your all to what you’re doing right now.
Isaac Newton discovered gravity by observing the falling of an apple in an orchard. He discovered it because he asked ‘the why’ to himself, which is essentially an idea. An average mind would be only interested in discussing his discovery’s details, its effects on later theories and so on. A small mind would be only interested in the apple, not its falling. Why is an important question to ask yourself. Why are you not where you want to be?
Remember, to be successful, you must BECOME successful! Be patient and ask the right questions of WHO YOU NEED TO BECOME and WHY. When you ask these questions of yourself, success will be sure to follow!
Be free. Nothing else is worth it.
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