I was talking with my daughter today and she declared her math paper was “chop filled” with information. I asked her if she meant “chock-full”. She replied: “No, kids in my class say chop filled. It’s chop filled, mom.” I could almost hear the “duh” behind her response.
Are you chop filled with with information too? Do you act as though you know everything and no outsiders could possibly understand? I think we all behave this way in at least one area of our lives or business. Often it’s not even intentional. We simply don’t know what we don’t know, so we assume we DO know. For your business to be successful though, it’s imperative to show a little humility. Admit to not being the expert on everything. Ask for help.
I work with a business consultant from time to time. The advice I get is often the same advice I give to others. Sometimes even when we do know the answer, it’s hard to implement the solution for ourselves. Gaining perspective from an outsider can yield great results even if you DO know the right answer. An outsider can often provide clarity or insight that you have overlooked. Sometimes we’re just too close to the problem to see the best answer.
In summary, don’t pretend you know everything and exercise some humility. Keeping an open mind is critical to your business success.