One of the best things that you can do for your own growth is to develop a curious mind. The more productive questions that you are willing to ask, the more answers that you’ll receive.
It’s as simple as that.
Learning through the mistakes of others is by far the easiest way to prevent mistakes in your own business,. Sure, you could go through all of those mistakes yourself, learn the hard way, and set yourself and business back for a super long time, or you could just use the wisdom and experience of others to prevent those mistakes from happening in the first place.
Entrepreneurs are a different breed of people.
They know what it takes to overcome challenges and build a legacy against the odds. The fact that they’re standing in front of you at any moment is almost proof enough that they have valuable information to teach you.
And, many entrepreneurs are surprisingly interested in sharing this knowledge, whether that’s in the context of informal networking in person, on panels at conferences, or even online courses.
Additionally, many successful entrepreneurs take their life and business experiences and monetize them. This could be in the form of books, online courses, etc.
If you get the opportunity to pick their brain up close and personal, you should never pass it up.
Here are our Top 4 Productive Questions that you should ask an Entrepreneur
… the next time that you get a chance.
Question One: Are you happy? What would you change?
Being happy, is important. There are some entrepreneurs who have literally sacrificed their health, sanity, and happiness chasing success. The ones who are truly happy are the ones who have found a way to balance all of the various pieces of their life (typically).
Happy entrepreneurs will usually be willing to tell you everything that they did to get to their current position. And on the other side, the unhappy entrepreneurs will be more than happy to give you advice on how not to end up like them.
Whichever way you look at this question — it is an opportunity to really get to know the person and learn from their story.
Question Two: How do you manage stress?
It’s always interesting to look at how other entrepreneurs deal with being busy. And ultimately, stress. Because the reality is — you will experience it, good and/or bad.
How do they manage the stress of running a business? A startup? An organization?
What techniques do they have for staying focused, and how do they manage to stay organized and on top of everything else that comes their way?
Asking a question like that, you can learn some valuable techniques of your own, and apply them to your own business.
Question Three: How did you handle the naysayers?
Your friends are going to doubt you. And, your family is going to encourage you but generally to make the safe move. Oh and strangers, the people you’ve never met before? They will sit around plotting your downfall.
The business world can be an ugly one, and any salty entrepreneur who’s lived to tell the story will have a few stories about how to handle the naysayers and overcome both their doubt and unfortunately, your own.
Often asking seasoned entrepreneurs this question, they’ll give you the motivation that you might need to keep moving forward.
Question Four: How do you scale a business?
Scaling is a challenge for many across all industries. Learning more about the process of knowing all of the necessary moving parts and putting those parts in motion is key!
This can also include scaling revenue growth, with increasing costs and throughout the process, maintaining your quality and integrity of your brand. A mouthful, right?
But think productive questions, not just random ones.
These are definitely things you will want to know if you intend for your business to grow (and we hope you do!)
What are productive questions you would ask your ideal entrepreneur if you had the chance?
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