Out of the blue, I got a message from my friend Joe Rozsa asking to meet for coffee. He’s an award-winning graphic designer doing some pretty awesome things here.
We’ve been friends for a few years now and the thing I appreciate about Joe is he is actively involved with the community. He serves on boards of non-profits that he’s passionate about. Almost every community activity that he wants to be involved in – he’s there. He’s a people person. Everyone who meets Joe automatically likes him.
But one the main reasons I appreciate Joe is – he’s different from me.
Joe is cool. I am not.
He wears a bright orange Apple watch to go with his orange shoe laces. I wear whatever is clean and fits today.
His spiky hair would fit in any punk band of the last two decades. I get my haircut at Great Clips.
What I also love about Joe is he always has a way of looking at things from a different perspective. If I have an idea, Joe will have a crazier version to add to my ideas.
Joe is not afraid to ask questions. Especially if he doesn’t know something. He’ll say, “I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking.” He makes no excuses or explanations of why he doesn’t know. He then proceeds to ask a lot of dumb questions. Let me clarify… He asks very basic and fundamental questions. Things we all take for granted if we’re “in” the industry. But then those questions evolve into more well-formed and thought-provoking questions. And then it’s like an ideafest.
Every time I walk away from a meeting with Joe, I’m energized and ready to tackle old projects in a new and inventive way.The beauty of hanging around someone who doesn't know what you do... they start asking WHY. Click To Tweet
If you just hang around people who know what you do, agree with you, and think like you, there’s not much room for growth. There’s growth alright, but it’s linear. It’s plodding. It’s uninspiring. It’s somewhat predictable.
When you meet with people outside of your circle of comfort and knowledge, that’s when you have an opportunity to experience exponential growth.
If you haven’t moved much this past year – look at who you’re hanging out with. Has anyone asked you why you do things the way you do? Look at what questions you’re asking yourself.
It might be time to call on someone who thinks differently than you do.
If you don’t know anyone like Joe, look him up on Site 14. He’ll help you out.
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” ~ Bruce Lee