Fact checking is in my DNA. Of all the books and magazines I’ve published in the past three decades, none have contained any gossip, rumor or hearsay. Facts and truth are always inherent in the work I do and the business I’ve chosen, and over the years I’ve learned that “facts” don’t kill the deal they just up the ante.

Back in the day, my editorial team and I would gather the info, expel the gossip, analyze the data, poke the evidence, and explore all the possibilities. Then, we would debate the downside, dispute the upside, argue our point, and consider all possible POV’s. Then, I would make a decision.

That said, once you’ve done the homework and you’ve finally gathered all the facts, in any situation, whether it’s a business opportunity or a health challenge, it becomes easier to make intelligent choices and wise decisions. When you’re faced with the facts, you may not like what you see, but you’re forced to work with it, and discover ways to keep moving forward.

That’s what you and I and other pro artists & entrepreneurs do every day. We constantly invent creative ways to use the facts we are challenged with to keep us moving forward, in our careers and our in our personal lives.

This matters because “requesting” factual information in any career choice or personal situation is imperative. If that doesn’t work, INSISTING may help.

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