Monday, December 7, 2009

Deal With It -- Tough Questions Are as Certain as Death and Taxes

Tough questions are as certain as death and taxes in today's world. In the ever increasing pace of the information age, how are we dealing with that reality?

Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes."

What popular quote would Benjamin Franklin possibly leave behind if he is alive today and holding an iPhone logged on to Twitter?
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An apparent reaction to this was a quote from an unknown guy who said, "Death and taxes may be certain, but we don't have to die every year."

This unknown guy makes a lot of sense, doesn't he?

Well, to me, there is something else that is as certain as death and taxes. But worse than these, it is something we deal with, not once in our life time, not once a year ... but everyday!

Uhhhhhhhh, what could this be? You want to know?

It's the staccato of tough questions we face in life.

Let me illustrate.

Go to a fast food chain. How many choices do you see? Which one do you really want? How much money can you spare for it? How many seconds or minutes do you actually spend trying to figure these things out?

You want something worse? Go to a high end restaurant. Do you recognize all the names in the menu? What dessert would be perfect? Oh, how about your visitor? What does she want?

How many minutes and calories of energy do you actually spend trying to figure these things out?

How about mobile phones? Which operator is best for you? Which among the very long line of models would be perfect? How about the subscription plan? (Not too long ago, I actually spent almost a whole day trying to figure out which prepaid SIM card is giving the best deal in UK).

Yeah, these questions don't matter 100 years from now. But we still have to deal with them now, right? That's as certain as death and taxes can ever get. Worse, these questions come to us like persistent waves from the oceans on the seashore.

A lot of people have gone an auto-pilot because of the so many tough questions they have to be mindful everyday, and those things I have described are the absolutely easy ones.

How about . . .

  • Your choice of career -- Is this job or business giving me a good deal? or am I laboring for nothing?
  • Your job or business -- Do you really (and that means, really to the nth power) like your job? What niche should you be in? Are you a specialist? or a generalist?
  • Your choice of partner -- Do I really love this person? or, does this person really love me?
  • Your choice of apartment location -- Do I rent? or do I get a mortgage?
  • Your choice of a car model -- Do I buy a brand new car? or a used one?
  • Your life in general -- Where are you in life right now? Where do you want to go from there? When do you start moving?

Tough questions, aren't they? Are you willing to ask them?

Not all questions would get an answer (within the time frame you expect, that is). But certainly no question gets an answer until it's asked.

What questions are there in your heart right now? Spill them out.

Let me end with a quote from Tony Robbins:

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.

Great food for thought, isn't it?

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