Surprises can be a surprise…

So it’s my wife’s birthday and, sure I could step out on a limb and go buy her something – a surprise something – that I think she might love, but then again, she might not.

Meanwhile there’s a whole bunch of stuff that she’s dropped some (not so subtle hints!) that she would like.

So I either go for the surprise option or I get her what I know she would like.

When I put it like that, it’s obvious which option I should go for. But why do we feel compelled to go for the ‘surprise option’?

I suspect (or fear) that it’s actually our own ego that we’re stroking when we choose to go for the surprise option. We want to knock it out of the park and delight the recipient and give ourselves a warm glow… like we knew more about what they wanted more than them. 

Or am I missing something?

P.S. Which option do you think I went for: surprise or not so subtle hint(s)?

Rules to Live By #001

Two things you must never delegate or hand over control in your business:

  1. Managing your bank payments to suppliers etc
  2. Sales and marketing activities

The rest is all fair game to be delegated, outsourced or whatever you care to call it…

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

“The Quality of Your Life is Determined by the Quality of the Questions that You Ask Yourself”

If this quote is true, it begs the question whether we have been digging deep and asking ourselves those powerful questions that might help shape our lives…?

Here are a few to get you thinking:

  1. “Who” not “How”? (don’t try to do it all – find those that already have the skills and hire them)
  2. Do you want to work for your business or do you want your business to work for you?
  3. What are your unique skills? What could you do all day and feel in the flow?
  4. If money was no object, what would you be doing right now?
  5. What is stopping you doing that thing that you answered for Q.4. (hint: it’s probably not solely down to ‘money’)

What are the most powerful questions that you have heard or live by…?