Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The 4-Hour Workweek Assignment (2 days):

Ask for at least 2 phone numbers a day from strangers from the opposite sex

OK, I didn't do this assignment to the letter, but after much deliberation, I have decided that I met the requirements of the assignment.

The goal was to "get over the fear of asking." That was never a problem and I proved it. But I really didn't want to do this assignment because I think it's wrong if you don't intend to actually call the person, which I didn't. Regardless of whether I got the number, I was never going to call them, which is essentially using someone for an assignment.

I tried, and I wasn't comfortable doing that.  The good news is I pulled it off without coming off as a stalker, and she had a boyfriend (who I think was about 10 feet away), so I didn't get the number.

Perfect outcome. I wasn't nervous at all, and I could do it a million times if I didn't think it was wrong.

So, I'm moving on,

Next up is Revist the Terrible Twos (2 Days).

For the next two days, do as all good two-year-olds do and say "no" to all requests. Don't be selective. Refuse to do all things that won't get you immediately fired. Be selfish. As with the last exercise, the objective isn't an outcome -- in this case, eliminating just those things that waste time -- but in the process: getting comfortable with saying "no." Potential questions to decline include the following:

  • Do you have a minute?
  • Want to see a movie tonight/tomorrow?
  • Can you help me with X?
"No" should be your default answer to all requests. Dont' make up elaborate lies or you'll get called on them. A simple "I really can't -- sorry; I've got too much on my plate right now" will do as a catch-all response.

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