Asking feeling/finding questions can be a great first step, but as the saying goes, “The more you know, the more you know,” so ask questions of anybody who might know something you don’t. Be humble in your approach. Find someone in any industry, or even a competitor, and say, “Hey, I don’t know much about this, but I’d love to learn. You’re clearly an expert here, so I have some questions, and I’d love it if you could help me out a little.”
Honestly, almost every time I’ve used humility and honesty to ask another entrepreneur or business leader for help, it’s worked. Think of some unique questions they’ve never been asked before, and they’re likely to be impressed by your genuine curiosity and innovative thought process. If your looking for unusual gifts or gifts for men looking online could be your best bet!
I first realized how well this could work when I met one of my idols, an absolute baller, Jay Strommen, who owns PD Instore, which is the company that makes all the presentation tables for Apple stores. This was the first big-time entrepreneur I had enough balls to approach—with a brief intro from a friend—and engage in a conversation. I had prepared for three to four days prior to meeting with him, and my goal was to pose questions that he had likely never heard before. When I finally met him, I seized the opportunity and asked questions about his business, personal life, and everything in between.
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Interestingly enough, Jay was actually intrigued that someone was so captivated by what he was doing with his business and in his personal life. Overall, it was an awesomely impactful experience to talk to him. Since then, I’ve never been afraid to approach a major player in any industry with some questions that could help me to evolve.