There is a difference between SMART people and BRILLIANT people.
The more I studied truly exceptional people, the more I realised:
Brilliant people DON’T solve problems.
They ASK QUESTIONS.
And then the questions solve the problems.
Here are my top 3 questions:
1. “What is the most important thing for you in life right now?”
Whenever someone asks me for career advice, this is the first question I ask them to answer.
If it is money, then are they ready to face a toxic work culture because of it?
If it is peace, then are they ready to sacrifice their luxuries for it?
It is a very interesting question, and you won’t believe how many people are unable to answer it.
Why is the answer important?
Because here is the thing with humans: if we do not know what is the one thing we want from life right now, the next best thing we want is EVERYTHING.
And that is a disaster.
2. “What do you WANT to do?”
Going to the depth of the reason behind their actions tells a person so much about their own selves.
Do they operate out of obligation (have to), lack of choice (need to), or desire (want to)?
3. What is the worst thing that can happen?
Are you ready to face that worst thing?
Emotionally, socially, financially, psychologically, and physically?
If yes, go for it!
If there is even a shred of doubt, then don’t.
The number of problems that just answering these 3 questions will solve for most answers you are looking for, in life :)