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<title>Have you looked under the chickens? </title>
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One of the problems with being an expert at something, is <strong>you forget what it's like to not know the basics</strong>.
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Because I like being very <a href="http://sivers.org/contact">easy to contact</a>, I get all kinds of questions about the music business and entrepreneurship.
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Some of them are so basic, I'm almost stumped!
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It's like someone asks you, “I've got this <strong>henhouse full of chickens, but I don't see any eggs. What should I do?</strong>”
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<em>(Hmmm... Maybe it's a strange disease we should look into? Maybe the chickens are over 3 years old? Maybe it's temperature?)</em>
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Before getting complicated, you dare to ask the obvious, “Uh... <strong>have you looked under the chickens?</strong>”
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“[pause] ... <strong>Hey! There they are!</strong> Wow! I never thought of that! Thanks so much!”
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Computer technicians, plumbers and doctors must have this more than anyone.
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I like getting these questions, though. They're a good reminder of beginner's mind. I try to remember all the questions I must have asked when I was just getting started.
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<img src="http://sivers.org/images/chickens.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="http://www.flickr.com/photos/missplange/2557069707/" />