It's amazing what we'll do when a stern guy in a lab coat tells usto, but what does this have to do with you? Everything. Thoughtleaders and experts can inspire and provide solutions, but if youfollow them blindly, you can do yourself harm. Similar to the workI've done on the
, here are a few questions on how to get the mostfrom experts without losing yourself in the process:
1. What's the downside?
This should always be question #1.What's the worst thing that could happen? Make sure you areclear on this before you do anything.
2. Does this make sense?
You don't have to be an expert tohave common sense. If you get advice or are asked to dosomething, step back and ask yourself if it makes sense.
3. Why shouldn't I do this?
All signs point to yes, but can youthink of any reason why you shouldn't take the expert's advice? If you are experiencing cognitive dissonance, you may not want toquestion what you're doing, but it's at this point where you needto the most.
4. What harm could come if I don't do this?
Will the worldend? Will you lose a limb? Sometimes we build things up in ourhead to where we feel intense pressure to do something, but thisquestion is great for deflating things and for putting the situationback into perspective.
5. What would happen if I waited?
Really bad decisions areoften made without much thought or reflection. Take a step back.Give yourself some time before you commit to anything.In your quest to find answers and guidance, be careful not toblindly follow experts and authority figures. Make sure you askyourself these five questions before you act. Trust me, I'm anexpert...