Key Questions To Improve Your Life

by Patrick Liew on December 28, 2015

I went to see an ophthalmologist because my eyesight was blurring. I thought I was due for a cataract operation.

After a quick check up, the good doctor told me, “It’s a small issue. Not a cataract problem. I can resolve it through a minor procedure.”

He led me to an adjoining room and completed the procedure – all within less than three minutes.

Subsequently, I found out that the bill came up to $950.

My doctor is well respected in the medical fraternity and one that has gained my trust and confidence over the years.

I joked with him, “Doctor, how can you charge me such an indecent sum of money for a less-than-three-minute job?”

He replied without even looking up, “Well, I can operate on you v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.”

We both had a good laugh.

He turned to me and said, “When I first started years ago, there was only me and two nurses.

“Today, I have more nurses helping me and meanwhile, rentals and other costs have gone up.”

We did not continue to discuss about this matter as we had gone through it before.

I knew that he has no plan and abilities to expand his clinic. He also has no desire to employ more doctors to grow his practice.

I respect his decision but I can’t help wondering as an entrepreneur how he can improve and grow his business.

When I mentor and coach other entrepreneurs, I give them a checklist of what I called the 4Es Questions to help them improve their work and life.

Let me share them with you. I hope they will help you improve your outcomes, results and impacts.

Ask yourself these questions regularly and you will improve your work and life.

1. Effectiveness question

How can I achieve better outcomes, results, and impacts?

2. Efficiency question

How can I achieve effective results in a better, cheaper, and faster way?

3. Execution question

How can I implement the improvement?

4. Enhancement question

How can I systemized my tasks and teach others the system so that they can enjoy the same improvement and achieve the same or better results?

I hope that by asking these questions regularly and taking massive actions, you will take yourself to a higher level.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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