People matter for eternity. Who are we investing in, and what more can we do? Imagine what your personal and professional relationships would look like if everyone came to the table with this mindset each day.
This week I was able to attend the Big Think Conference in Hilliard, Oh. Two of the keynote speakers made a profound impact on everyone in attendance. Their talks revolved around asking essential questions. I wish everyone I knew was sitting in the auditorium to experience these two men share their passions, darkest moments, and greatest triumphs. Mike Rayburn, posed the question, what if? He stated , "most amazing changes are things that already exist but are just thought of differently." He gave the example of Dollar Shave Club, which just sold for 1 billion dollars. Razors, shaving cream, and postage have been around forever but one person challenged the traditional way of doing things and asked, what if? One of his final statements was, "managing change is not only stupid but it is dangerous. We need to create the change and define our paths through our own "what if" questions."
The second speaker, John O'Leary, was burned on 90% of his body as a 9 year old child after igniting a match in his home garage and was given a 1% chance to live. He too posed a few questions but the one that stuck out was , "What can I do more?" He challenged us to not play along as if life bores us because we have done it for so long, to have a child-like spirit, and to love others. He asked that each night, we keep a journal and at the top of each page write, "What can I do more?". He shares an incredible story of how his life was affected by people, who he didn't even know, asked themselves this question to make an impact each day. People matter for eternity. Who are we investing in, and what more can we do? Imagine what your personal and professional relationships would look like if everyone came to the table with this mindset each day.
Challenge yourself to invest in one person today with the mindset of what can I do more? Start thinking in what if's and it will start to become your default way of thinking.