“Why” vs. “What”

“Why” vs. “What” (Video Link)

studentI think that why we do things is almost always more important than what we do.

For example, if someone says something to us at work that we do not agree with, we can say something or we can say nothing. Either can be good or bad. The difference is why. If we say something because we want to clarify the issue, that is a good reason. If we say something to embarrass or humiliate the person, that is poor reason. If we do not say anything because it is not that important, that is fine. If we do not say anything because we want to avoid conflict at all costs, that can be a poor reason and may cause other problems later.

Before we do something, it can be very beneficial to ask ourselves, “Why would I do this?” An important follow-up question is, “And why else?” Asking this several times can help us determine the complete answer.

After that it is easy. Are those good answers? If yes, then continue. If not, then think again about what to do and why.

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Susan L. Farrell uses her love of learning to inspire women to learn about themselves. She urges them to empower themselves to achieve the lives they desire. Farrell draws upon her experiences as a leader, manager, consultant, coach, trainer, and teacher to provide ideas to encourage women to think about what they do, why they do it, and do they want to change. Visit SusanLFarrell.com for additional information and products.

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