Ask For Excellence

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked an assistant to prepare an analysis. The assistant worked day and night on the report. An hour after he gave it to Kissinger, he got it back. There was a note attached that said to redo it. The assistant stayed up all night redoing the report. Again Kissinger asked him to redo it. After redoing the report three times, the assistant asked to see Kissinger. He told him, “I’ve done the best I can do.” Kissinger said, “In that case, I’ll read it now.”

– Speaker’s Library of Business Stories by Joe Griffith

Thought experiment: Another sample out of The Aladdin Factor. When I read it I somehow had to imagine me being in the position of Henry Kissinger. Would I allow myself to let that assistant redo that report 3 times? I doubt it. We sometimes have troubles with asking for what we really want (in that example perfection) because we are scared that we might get rejected. But only by asking you give yourself the chance to actually being able to receive it. Do not limit yourself right before you have even started. Go for what you want and ask for help. It says that “you have to go solo when you want to go fast, but you have to team up when you want to go far”. And that is what I truly believe.

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