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We were recently summing up the last iteration of our product, when one of my co-founders appreciated me for the tough questions I keep asking him and the others. While I was drafting a reply, I felt it may also be worthy of a post.

In any setup, there are times when things start slowing down and people start losing focus. Also, when most of the parties involved are guilty of sloth, it makes it that much more tougher to ask questions. Which inturn can make it tempting to do something like what Warren Buffet warned against in his latest annual letter:

“From the start, Charlie and I have believed in having a rational and unbending standard for measuring what we have – or have not – accomplished. That keeps us from the temptation of seeing where the arrow of performance lands and then painting the bull’s eye around it.”

When you decide that you will be the one asking tough questions, you run the risk of not being loved anymore. You need to make a choice – whether you want to be the loved one in a mediocre performing system or possibly the hated one in a high performing system. But, coming to think of it, if you are really asking the right kind of questions then people will either come around, or they never truely loved you in the first place.

Another significant advantage to asking tough questions, making it more worthy of the risk, is that it forces you to always be on your heels and pushes you to give our best. Like Mahatma Gandhi said – “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Ofcourse, it does help when you are already a part of an amazing team.

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