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Questioning Leads to Understanding

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance. 

child questionSome of the greatest minds in the world make a habit of doing the same thing- asking questions. We have a short time on this earth, and if we aren’t constantly curious, then we aren’t truly engaged. With so many viewpoints, cultures and ways of understanding the world, to assume that we have conquered understanding is to severely limit our development.

I try to treat every day as an adventure and appreciate the opportunities I have to explore. I’ve found that this has given me a more meaningful, interesting and fun life.

Especially as I’ve watched my children grow, I have a fresh appreciation for maintaining a childlike sense of wonder. Imagination is the heart of innovation and invention comes from asking questions.

So get in the habit of indulging your curiosity and trying to learn as much as we can to achieve success and know ourselves.

You will never achieve success if you don’t ask questions every step of the way. If you don’t question your actions you won’t know if you are on the right track until it is too late and that could prove to be costly to your ambitions. Questioning your actions and motives will also give you a better understanding of yourself.

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The Secret to Building Relationships

Always be prepared to listen to others

Always be prepared to listen to others

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant with lots of different types of people who were extremely animated and outgoing. Working in that environment was intimidating in the beginning because most of the other employees didn’t care that a new person was there.

Rather than trying to compete with all the voices, I found that the best way to be appreciated was to listen. I engaged my new coworkers in conversation and let them talk. I didn’t try to entertain or show off my personality. I just listened, and in no time, I became a person that people wanted to be around.

People like to be heard, and they’ll like you more if you let them.

To better yourself and those around you, listening is required. But listening with the intent to talk is usually counter-productive. If all you’re doing is waiting for your chance to speak, you’re failing to demonstrate that you value what the other person is saying, and you probably aren’t getting the full message behind their words.

By listening and actively engaging in a conversation you can find out valuable information about people and business that will benefit you. Not only that, but the relationship will deepen with every conversation you engage in.

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Three Habits of Unproductive Listeners

Sheldon. Big Bang Theory. Listening SkillsAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of the most important personality traits is the ability to stay flexible. You can’t learn if you think that you know everything, and if you don’t continue to learn, you won’t be productive.

Habits of Unproductive Listeners:

Not listening.

People forget to listen when they are having a conversation. When you are only crafting a response in your head while someone else talks, you are failing to really listen and you are showing the other person that you don’t actually value what they say.

Being Rude.

You should never interrupt a mid sentence. This applies to assuming you know what people are thinking and finishing what they say, or to just plain interrupt. Bottom line- It’s rude and it’s disrespectful. Furthermore, you can be missing out on something that can be of great help to you that may improve your productivity.

Assuming Boredom.

Learn to listen even if a conversation seems to be mundane, it may mean a lot to the other party involved, and you can still may gain some information that can be of great help. Through talking to others, you create relationships with people who could benefit you in the long run, even if they’re boring in the present. Never ignore even a simple conversation, because it can lead you to finding that to know someone quite as well, or you may enable you realize something important about yourself.

Without other people, life can never be fulfilling. You are actually cheating yourself in the end if you won’t do others the courtesy of listening to what they have to say. When someone is talking to you, make the effort to listen, really listen, and make your life better for it.

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Making Family First Above All Other Things

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Don’t forget, your family needs you

Don’t forget, your family needs you

For anyone who is, or wants to be, successful in business, it can be tempting to put in too many hours and work too hard. When you’re working to make something of yourself at your job, it may be easy to forget to make your family a priority.
Even if it seems like you’re trying to succeed so that your family can have nice things, they would most likely rather have you be present. Being present doesn’t always just mean being around, but also can mean listening, playing, and otherwise interacting with your family.

If you’re coming home late and feeling beat down every day, it’s not likely that you’re doing all that you need to for your spouse and children, if you have any. And if you have children, you’ll probably start to notice how much you’ve been missing, but don’t wait until it’s too late to change.
Keeping a proper life-work balance can be hard to do, but it is well worth it in the end. After it’s all said and done, your family should mean more to you than your career, and you should try to be there for your family a reasonable amount, while still taking responsibility for your job.
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Don’t Just Hear, Listen: It Can Benefit You

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Use your ears, and actually listen. You may learn something

Use your ears, and actually listen.
You may learn something

You will never learn anything new, if you don’t first learn how to listen. So often, when people are having a conversation, they forget to listen. It’s a bad habit to get into, when you are only crafting a response in your head while someone else talks.

Interrupting mid-sentence is an obviously rude behavior, but even if you let other people finish what they’re saying, you’re still being disrespectful if you aren’t really listening. And you may be missing out on something that could be of benefit to you.

Even if a conversation seems mundane, it may matter a lot to the other party involved, or you may still gain some valuable information. For many people, it is through talking to others that they meet their future spouse or find a career lead. A simple conversation can also lead to you finding that you don’t know someone quite as well as you thought, or you may realize something important about yourself.

Life isn’t that fulfilling without other people in it. And if you won’t do others the courtesy of listening to what they have to say, you’re actually cheating yourself in the end. So don’t just hear what you want and respond. Make the effort to really listen when someone is talking to you.

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