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Beating the Odds

Stop Asking Stupid Questions

You’ve probably heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

You’ve heard wrong.

There definitely are stupid questions, and if you keep asking them, you will keep getting stupid answers.

Here’s an example:

“Why does this always happen to me?”

Exactly how do you expect your mind to answer when you ask a question like that? “Because you have worse luck than everyone else?” “Because you’re a loser?” “Because you’re not worthy of anything better?”

See? If you keep asking stupid questions, you will keep getting stupid answers, the kind of answers that leave you with no power to change. You’ll never reach peak performance with those questions. Your mental game will be weak.

You can change all that right now by working smart. It’s a life lesson. Smart questions work better than stupid ones.

When you’re tempted to ask, “Why does this always happen to me?,” you can instead ask, “How can I make sure this doesn’t happen again?”

That kind of question can lead to a smart answer, the kind that gives you power and hope to move forward.

Here’s another stupid question, followed by a question you can ask in its place.

Instead of, “Why do I make so many mistakes?,” you can ask “What can I learn from THIS mistake?”

Today, start learning how to win. Questions can light the way to victory, as long as they’re smart questions.

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