If you want to be more successful, put more effort into asking great questions. Your thinking will become more refined and effective as you listen and consider other points of view.
This week we had 3-time New York Times best selling author Tim Ferriss on the Barbell Shrugged podcast. But Tim recently started his own and I’ve really enjoyed plowing through all the episodes.
If you check it out The Tim Ferriss Show you’ll notice that he always asks his guests a few leading questions. That’s of course by design. It sparks plenty of fresh conversation for the podcast, but more than that, it creates an incredible opportunity to learn and expand one’s thinking.
We’re Shrugged buddies with Tim now, so I thought I’d rip off his idea and start asking our friends some of those same questions, including:
- When you think of success, who’s the first person to comes to mind, and why?
- What’s the most life-impacting purchase you’ve made for less than $100 in the last 6 months?
- What are your morning rituals?
- What does the first 60 minutes of your day look like?
Q&A with Julie Foucher
The first person I thought to call was Julie Foucher. She’s proven her fitness time and time again, year after year at the CrossFit Games, even making the podium this last year in 2014! But the crazy thing is that she’s also in med school. I had to figure out what makes her tick…. how she can be such a great competitor AND take on the tall task that is med school.
She also happens to be a big fan of Tim’s, which isn’t much of a surprise given her productivity.
Balancing competing interests and still achieving word class results is incredibly hard. So, I thought I’d ask Julie THE questions to learn more about what motivates her, and how she manages to be so successful.
The power of systems
If you listened to our episode with Tim you’ll know that he’s big on systems. If you can automate recurring daily decisions you can free up valuable free time for other important things. You can make the, more critical decisions during your day.
That’s a fundamental behavior of very successful people.
A simple example that you’ll here mentioned in my interview with Julie that you can implement quickly is Pure Pharma’s “3” subscription plan. You might be just like Julie, juggling work, training, school, you name it. So, a simple thing you can do to make things easier and increase effectiveness is to automate your supplement routine. Having pre-dosed packets of goodness on hand makes taking the right stuff the easiest decision, which is just what you want.
I hope you enjoy our chat. Please watch and share with your friends. Also, if you’ve got ideas about who I should interview next, and what I should ask, just toss your ideas in the comments below. I’d love to hear it.