I was madly taking notes at a conference a couple of months back. This guy beside me was taking no notes. I was impressed with someone who could remember all the details needed. The conference was about setting up social media, blogs, and other technical elements of launching a program.
At the break, I turned to him and chatted. I asked him what he did, and what he was hoping to get out of the conference. He shared. I asked him how it was going so far. For the rest of the break, he told me “WHY this won’t work for me.”
Huh. I was spending the conference asking “HOW can I get this implemented as quickly as possible?” I was puzzled. Why was he doubting, seeing WHY it would not work, and I was scrambling to figure out HOW to do it.
And I paused. Because I have done the exact same thing as my seat neighbor. Plenty of times, I was hearing great ideas, but only fixated on why it would NOT work. In fact, my wife called me on being a NO person years ago. And I am trying to reform.
In many areas, hopefully more and more, I am a HOW person. What about you? Where are you a WHY person? Where could you be more of a HOW person?
Listen to the podcast below for more on what I mean and how to do it.