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Sorta Random Sunday: You Need A Who Not How

It seems like lately on Sorta Random Sunday, I’ve been recapping interesting ideas and concepts from the books that I’ve read. Anyway, I think it’s really fascinating stuff so I’m going to keep up with that trend for this week’s post too. I talked a recent Sunday about the book The One Thing. And now I’d like to talk about another incredible book, Who Not How.

The main concept of “who not how” is one that I was not very good at before. Like a lot of doctors, I’m very collaborative. But I am also a very “do-it-myself” type of person. I think we all can relate.

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But over the past year, I’ve instilled the concepts of who not how into so many aspects of my life with amazing results! That includes with this blog.

The Who Not How philosophy

The whole concept of this book is that we ask ourselves the wrong question when we face a challenge.

We ask, “How can I do this?”

The premise of the book is that we should be asking, “Who can do this for me?”

At first glance, it sounds kind of manipulative. Like you are just looking for people to do your work for you.

But that is not the idea at all. In fact, we are all somebody else’s Who. And the idea is for the relationships to be mutually beneficial.

And it all ties in really nicely to the concepts that I spoke about before from The One Thing. By having Who‘s, we can outsource certain tasks so that we can more fully concentrate on our One Thing, whatever it is that we are most passionate about and will make the biggest, best difference in our lives.

Who Not How is a really great concept

Especially for doctors. If you are like me, you want to do it all. But we need to focus for success.

This is how you can navigate these competing ideals!

What do you think? How can you incorporate Who Not How into your life? Have you done this already? Let me know in the comments below!

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    3 thoughts on “Sorta Random Sunday: You Need A Who Not How”

    1. This brings to mind concepts of leverage. Just as we leverage the bank’s money to purchase real estate, we should all leverage each other’s resources and talent. I agree that it should be mutually beneficial and a win-win for everyone involved.

    2. great post! reminds me of tim ferris’ book four hour work week which was life changing for me. one of the best books i ever read. made me much more productive.


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