I know of an accountant who asks potential clients two questions. 1. Where did you go to college? and 2. To what charities do you contribute? Your first reaction, which is totally normal, may be very put off by these two questions, but really, his thinking is unique and kind of refreshing. First of all, this accountant wants to work with people who are challenging and improving themselves and who are givers. I don’t think he necessarily cares where you went to college but that you went to a college. (The question of where takes it to a different level because it is harder to lie about going to a specific college than if you went at all.) Then, he wants to make sure that the person isn’t so absorbed with themselves and their money that they don’t give to the community. Again, he doesn’t care where you give but that you do give.
OK, for anyone new that I meet including potential clients, I also have two questions but two different ones. 1. What are you reading? and 2. How are you getting BETTER? I want to see that you are on a path (I call it your yellow brick road) to becoming your fullest and best self. I want to see that you are learning the lessons God gave you to learn in this life. I would LOVE it if the question, “How are you?” was replaced with, “What are you reading?” You will get an honest answer (instead of just, “Fine” when you are miserable). I’m not necessarily concerned with what you are reading, but I want to surround myself with people who are exploring new worlds and enjoying the journey.
How are you getting better is my question to see if you have a plan. We all should be in control of our plan. If you don’t have a specific, written, daily plan for becoming your truest self, then you are a slave to someone else’s plan. You should be in the driver’s seat of improving yourself. You want to make sure the bus is going forward and not in reverse. Make a plan. If you need help, work with me, and I’ll help you get your own plan. Reach out to me through firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me how I can help you to be your best self.