“Millions saw the apple fall, but only Newton asked why.”~Bernard Baruch
Are you, by nature, a curious person?
Having worked with thousands of sales people–and hundreds of managers–I honestly believe it is a pre-requisite to income success to be curious. Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.
- When someone says to you that they have mastered something–or they are experiencing success in a field that you, too, would like to have success–do you sit them down and pepper them (nicely) with questions?
- When you’ve learned that someone has figured out a way to get to the CEO, do you stop them in their tracks and invite them to dinner?
- When you’re at a sales meeting, and you learn one of your associates has figured out how to find the pain of the customer better, do you handcuff them until they tell you EXACTLY how they did it?
You probably don’t. And I’m not sure why that is. Is it because we’ll feel stupid? Is it because we wouldn’t want to puff up the other person? Is it because we’d rather do it the hard way, learning it on our own, rather than the easy way–learning from someone who’s done it?
So the next time you hear of someone who has been successful at something, call them up, congratulate them, and invite them to tell you EXACTLY how they did it.
It will make you rich.