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Tuesday Takeaways 8.11.20 - Four Questions I Ask Myself Every Day

After my business partner had a serious health scare 18 months ago, I started asking myself three questions every day:

1) What would I do differently if I could shed the fear of being judged?

2) What would I start or stop doing if I only had three years (I think three years is a better framework than six months) to live?

3) What would the shifts I’d want to make look like if they were easy?

I shared the backstory to this in my interview with pro triathlete turned entrepreneur Nicole DeBoom last year in Run this World Episode 139 - Elizabeth Kraus Asks Herself Three Questions Every Day.

I started falling out of this habit a few months ago and have decided that it’s time to get back on the horse. I’m also going to add a fourth question:

After this is all over, what do I want to be able to say about how I spent my time during this pandemic?

In many ways, I want to just be done with 2020, but as my partner Sue reminded me, we may never have a chance to hit a reset button that’s as big as the button many of us are seeing now. I am incredibly grateful to be employed and healthy. I’ve been given a fortunate opportunity that I don’t want to waste. 

Listen of the Week: PERSUASION: How to Change People’s Minds. Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger lays out his formula for removing barriers to change. 

Portfolio Quick Hit: Sugarwish (Denver, CO) Customized candy and popcorn gift boxes designed by the gift recipient. Sugarwish’s Q2 sales beat 2019 by a factor of five! If you’re looking for a way to send some cheer to a friend, team member, or customer, check out Sugarwish.

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