One of my darling’s of Literature is Leo Tolstoy and his story of “The Three Questions” impacted me profoundly as a mother and as a business owner.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s based on a king’s idea that he would never fail if he knew the answer to these three questions:
What is the right time for every action?
Who are the most necessary people?
What is the most important thing to do?
Just as many intelligent and capable business owners seek answers to questions like these every day, you will always get different answers.
Are you paying attention?
There will always be more information out there, there will always be more “answers”.
Until you fully understand the questions through application, you will be left seeking instead of succeeding.
As a business owner, you are naturally innovative. I am asking you to shift your thinking now, so you can finally understand the answers you seek – have always been there.
In fact, I’m quite certain you’ve held the answers all along, but they’ve been fragmented and you’ve been distracted from them.
We’ve been taught to always be reading – but why? Is more information going to be the answer?
We’ve been told we have to work harder – but why? Is more hustle going to be the answer?
I don’t believe you need more information – there’s no magic book, coach or program that if you just had it or did that or hired them – you’d have the answer.
So where do you break this cycle?
When you continue to seek you will always find someone who is willing to give you their answer.
Until you experience the answers for yourself you may never understand the meaning of your own purposeful gifts. As in Tolstoy’s story, so many men attempted to answer the king’s questions, but they all came up with different answers.
When the king decided to ask a wise hermit in a nearby village he had to disguise himself as a peasant, leaving his guards behind.
The hermit was tending his garden when the king arrived. The king asked his questions, but the old hermit went on digging. The king was inclined to offer to dig for him for a while and after digging for some time the king asked his questions again.
Just as the hermit might have answered, a man emerged from the dark woods bleeding profusely from a terrible stomach wound.
The king immediately tended his wound and took care of this man, staying the night in the hermit’s hut. The next day the man was greatly improved but incredulous as to what the king had done for him. The man confessed he had known who the king was and that the king had his brother executed and property seized, he, in fact, had come to kill the king! But the king’s guards had wounded him.
The man pledges his allegiance to the king and goes on his way.
Up until that point, the king had forgotten the questions. Once again the king asks the hermit and this time the hermit responds that he had just had his questions answered.
When we come to know the answers for ourselves it changes everything. As an entrepreneur, as a friend, as a parent, as a human being.
May you come to know the answers for yourself.
The most important time is now. As the present is really the only time over which we have power.
Whomever you are with is the most important person.
To do good to the person you are with is the most important thing to do.
Allow this idea to simmer and see how it evolves in your own life. You have enormous capacity and ability to affect the people in your world profoundly. If you aren’t realizing your own potential in the 3 core areas of your life, reach out for a chat. I just might be that optimizing hermit you’ve been seeking.