Monday, August 21, 2006

Ask, "Why me?"

Any time you are selected, promoted, congratulated, make a sale, secure an interview, get published or accomplish anything, you need to ask “Why Me?”

Don’t be shy. Most people are glad to tell you why they picked you. But you need to be proactive.

Especially when it comes to:


  • Bosses
  • Coworkers
  • Audience members
  • Readers
  • Strangers
  • Media
  • Customers
  • Prospects

    “Why me?” is NOT an easy question to ask; especially when you’ve just been promoted, for example. I suggest you pre-empt your inquiry with explanations like:

  • By the way, I’m just curious…
  • You know, I want to continue this success in the future, so would you be willing to tell me…
  • Oh, and whenever I work with someone new, it’s my policy to ask…

    You need to know the answer to this question.

    Not because you’re an ego maniac.
    Not because you’re looking for strokes.
    And not because you want to boost your self-esteem.

    You need to know because what people remember about you is who you are.

    You need to know because the reasons people selected you are things you need to duplicate in the future.

    My suggestion is to keep a “Why Me Journal." This will help you discover commonalities among your accomplishments and provide a window for who you are and how you’re effectively making a name for yourself.

    LET ME ASK YA THIS...
    What's your usual answer to the question, "Why me?"

    LET ME ASK YA THIS...
    Try keeping that journal for a month. See what happens.

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    Scott Ginsberg
    Author/Speaker/That Guy with the Nametag

    Are you That Guy?
    Find out in Scott's latest book at www.hellomynameisscott.com

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