The people who know the most, realize the most how little they know.
As my regular readers (yay you!) know, I spend my weekdays at the Entrepreneur Center helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into world-shaking realities. One way do this is by connecting entrepreneurs to our network of more than 200 trained mentors who have already done the incredible and want to help others do it too. Yes, it’s a pretty awesome place.
Today I had the privilege of sitting in on a meeting between Rob Humphreys and one of our most dedicated young entrepreneurs, whom I shall refer to as “young professional” since I don’t know if he wants his name all over the Internet.
This “young professional” is one of the people who makes things happen. He works hard, runs fast, and just gets things done. He says what he needs to. He listens when people give him advice. He is extremely popular in the program.
And he had an hour long meeting with Rob and asked all the questions he had already prepared before the meeting about his business. It seemed like the perfect meeting, until it was over, and Rob left him with one piece of advice that is important for all of us to remember:
In that entire meeting, the “young professional” didn’t ask a single question about Rob. He had prepared so hard to make the most of the meeting for his business, he forgot to ask the person he was meeting with to talk about himself. As a result, this “young professional” didn’t learn that Rob currently ran a company that could help with two things the “young professional” could need, that Rob had actual experience in his industry, or that Rob worked with people that could potentially be great partners. The “young professional” was so set on getting the answers to the questions he wanted, he hadn’t created the opportunity to get the answers he really needed.
Fortunately, Rob’s the sort of person that goes out of his way to help other people. But most people aren’t like Rob, and most the time, most people, miss out on opportunities because they aren’t curious about the world outside of the way they already see it.
Be curious and you might find greatness.
– John Murdock, The Young Professional