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7 questions you should ask before you say yes (or no) to anything

Updated on August 27, 2012

1. Why?

Simple, powerful and if you keep repeating it, you often get to the source of the problem. Why makes it mandatory for you to figure out a reason you can put your force behind, or an excuse to not.

2. Why Not?

Sometimes a straightforward logic may not appear. What will also not appear is a reason to move away from doing something. Asking it makes it real, something you have to find out about.

3. If I don’t, who will?

There will always be someone who will be willing to do the tasks you do not want to do or worse, cannot do. If you cannot, or don’t want to, asking this questions helps you decide if maybe, you should relook your position. Sometimes, not doing something gives your competitor an opening he/she wanted to prove himself with.

4. Why me?

I like to ask this question to make sure I am the right person to do the task/job. Some tasks become ideal candidates for delegation/out-sourcing because there is someone who can do it better and do it better than me.

5. Who else?

Who else are in the running for the job/task. This is similar to the 3rd question, but the only difference here is, who else might the individual asking you to do the task approach, if you say no.

6. What else?

What else will need to be done to accomplish this one thing? It is more often than not a little more than what was mentioned at the time asking and there is always more that needs to be done just so you can do that one thing someone asked you.

7. What’s in it for you?

The clincher. Are you going to make some extra dough, are you going to learn/experience something new, meet new people, keep an old relationship alive or just do it for the heck of it? What’s in it for you?

Happy choices!


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      Prabhjot Bedi 5 years ago from chandigarh

      @wadebutler thank you!

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      Wade Butler 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Very excellent advice delivered in a delightful way! Appreciate your style!