What do Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King have in Common?
They asked themselves consistently different questions that challenge the status quo!!!
As discussed in the last post or podcast. We explored, the power of question and why the anatomy of our brain is designed to seek answer to questions being asked. If that is the case why don’t we leverage that structural nature within us…In fact I just realized in awaken the giant within, Tony Robbins sums it well “ I began to realize that thinking itself is nothing but the process of asking and answering questions…Quality Questions create a Quality life”
In fact any successful people that you know of, are no exception of this rule. They have at some point asked themselves different questions that challenged the status-quo; whether it’s mundane disturbing questions, whether it’s esoteric question. We all know that the relativity findings from Albert Einstein was a very simple question asked “what if I could travel at the speed of light with my bicycle? What are the implications?” That childlike question revolutionize the world as we know it today since that theory of relativity led to so many theories and discoveries etc…
When was the last time or can you remember a simple question you asked yourself? That has had a powerful impact in your life, in your business? What is it?
Can you bring it to consciousness and see why it was powerful?
Let’s look at undeniable examples-George Bernard Shaw said-The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable man try to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable men.
Why is it that? Because the unreasonable man is questioning what is!!! Our Power to change the world comes from the unknown, the imagination which is stimulated by questions that have not been answered or maybe even asked as of yet…
In that Way, let’s look at great business men and scientist, whether it be Henry Ford (with the Model T car creator); Who said if you asked people what they wanted at that time-they would have said “faster horses” or a Galileo, who didn’t want to accept the status-quo of his era regarding the accepted fact (during that time), that the earth was flat.
What is more poignant and revealing is that all this ties into our values and what we believe in.
When I suggest to break all the rules, it’s suggesting to be true to your values (assuming it’s moral, ethical and legal).
One of my all-time favorite quote is from Joan of Arc–One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
How powerful is that statement?
This is a statement that ALL MASTER’s of this world have understood and espoused to live by and die by without a doubt.
Let me stop here for a minute and ask you for value clarification exercise.
Simply, your values are your ideas about what’s most important to you in your life-what do you want to live by and live for. To value something means to place High importance upon it.
If today you were to pass and assuming you want to leave a legacy? What do you want your eulogy to say? What do you want people to remember about you? When they say you were a role model for them: what would be 3-4 things that will reveal and stamp your character into people mind?
In fact as a parent, those values are the core legacies you can leave to your children or grandchildren or into your organization or business?
Please do this exercise (even if you’ve done it), it is so powerful that It will allow you to become fully conscious of their influence in your daily life.
What do you value most?
To end with this, I wanted to share this quote (whether or not you like the polarized late Steve Jobs of Apple, undoubtedly, he had a business knack, but his genius was in marketing- As he said-Marketing is about communicating your values”. How do you do that?
You need to get anchored in who you are and what you believe in and communicate that with excellence. That was his genius in Apple redemption. It’s encapsulated in this quote form the commencement speech a Stanford in June 2005. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
You can even further enjoy his mastery through this YouTube video that I came across and just confirmed what I’m sharing above. A short 15 minute master piece. Enjoy.
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Live your power with purpose and passion