When faced with a choice, you need to ask yourself “What additional information do I need to make a wise and informed decision here?" How many of us try like heck to get ALL the appropriate information we need before we try to accomplish something really big (or even small things)?
A few years ago, I invested some money into something and I didn't bother to tell my accountant about it. I didn't want him to talk me out of it. Now I'm the first one to admit that accountants don't always make the best investment counselors. My wife's a CPA, so I'm not picking on them. I just wanted to be a big boy and make this decision on my own. Big ego, you know. The short story is I lost over $30,000 and a bunch of tax benefits due to my wanting to feel like a smart guy. That was one big hurt that I keep in mind when I feel like charging off without consulting my advisors, reading books, doing more research, etc.
It doesn't matter how fast you're going if you're going in the wrong direction, does it? It's embarrassing and costly too when the only thing you can say is, “But I thought. . . " No, you didn't. Questions are the answer. If you don't routinely ask yourself questions like the one above, you'll be sorry soon enough.
Most failed pursuits began and flopped because no one had the presence of mind to ask, “What could go wrong if I go ahead with this action?" Being positive and confident in your abilities is good. Being uninformed, especially due to ego or pride is bad. And potentially VERY costly.
Trust me. Keep asking yourself wise questions and learn from other's mistakes AND successes. You'll toast more victories and mourn fewer defeats.
- I always ask the right questions at the right time
- The right answers come to me by asking good questions
- I am guided toward my highest good by the answers to my questions
- I trust my intuitions
EMPOWERING QUOTE: “Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. " -Aesop
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