Inquiring Minds

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 10/17/11 •  3 min read

When I was at my old job, there was a phrase that my boss used all the time: inquiring mind.

He’d ask me to make sure I had some talking points on a particular company, because so and so client was an “inquiring mind.”

I never liked the term much, but it’s only just recently hit me why.  I didn’t like it, because by nature I’m not an inquiring mind.

I was never the guy in class constantly probing the professor with questions of why? All too often I’m content to accept things at face value.  I rarely do the difficult thinking that will take things from good, to incredible.

The last six weeks however have done something to shift my perspective, and have increased my curiosity like nothing ever has.

I spend the majority of my days here in Bali hanging out with other successful entrepreneurs.  One guy built up an e-commerce store that in just a couple of months is grossing $6k/month.  Others have successful consulting businesses, or are PPC experts – not to mention Dan’s online empire.

The common denominator for all of them is their desire to learn.  These guys read more in a weekend than I’ve read in the last year.  You can ask them questions on just about any topic and they can not only hold their own, but they can add significant value to the conversation.

A Life Changing Realization

I remember sitting at the Soho House with Nick Reese and Jonathan Fields in NYC a few months back.  I had a similar realization then, that was like, “wow, I’ve got a long way to go.”

Since then I’ve slowly become more engaged, more interested, and more probing.  I’m currently reading 4 books.  If you’d asked me how many I was reading 6 months ago, it would have been a solid zero. I’ve realized that for all I’ve learned, if I want to take things to the next level, it’s going to mean taking my education seriously.

It’s time to take it past Location Rebel 201 and get into the graduate courses, so to speak.

In the few months since that conversation in New York, and more recently since I’ve been in Bali, I’ve seen my business (and business knowledge) increase at a rate that I haven’t experienced in awhile.  Why? Because I became an inquiring mind.

Anyone can learn skills without much consideration for deeper understanding.  However, it’s understanding the why that truly makes you dangerous.

I’m starting to understand the why.

It’s intangible benefits like this that make it so vitally important to surround yourself with people you strive to be like.

An Honest Assessment

It’s been a bit of a tough realization for me to admit this.  No one wants to be the guy who just coasts through.  Yet, with even a modicum of effort exerted towards deeper understanding I’ve seen increases in sales, dug into business ventures that weren’t even on my radar this time last year, and made myself more useful to those around me.

With that,  I want you to do an honest assessment of where you’re at.  Are you coasting? Are you constantly seeking full understanding of the practices you’re learning?  Are you taking the time to educate yourself properly?

I wasn’t.

Now I am and the impact it’s had has been nothing short of eye-opening.

Become an inquiring mind.  If don’t, you’ll be stuck in good (at best) when great is just over the horizon.

Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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