Super U Podcast | Don’t Use the Number 7 | The Focus Project #29

This audible clip from Erik Qualman’s #1 Bestselling book The Focus Project covers how we should not use the number 7 on a rating scale.

5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling family game Kittycorn.

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Don’t Use the Number 7 | The Focus Project #29

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“During the process of editing this book, I use the trick a school superintendent gave me she said that I should never use the number seven on a rating scale. I had my family friends, fans and Team Read through this book, and read each section on a scale of one to 10. The one twist was they couldn’t use the number seven when assigning their ratings. They could give a section any number say three, five or nine, but they can never give it a seven. We only wanted the cream of the crop to be included in the book. As such, we made the rule that any section below an eight would automatically be cut from the book. The process of no sevens is very practical for evaluating much of what we do. Removing the number seven changes everything. You either have to give the person an eight or a six, and eight is a pretty great score. But a six is barely a passing grade. So by removing the safety of the seven, the whole dynamic alters, most of us naturally default to a safe place when faced with difficult questions. Hence, most of us use seven out of a 10 as a crutch.

No sevens removes the crutch. This method was particularly useful in checking in with my family or members of my team. How often do you find yourself asking someone how they’re doing? Often they robotically answered, “good” or “great.” Many of us will even say we are great when we’re actually down in the dumps. It’s similar to the answer that we give a waiter who asked us how our meal is. Unless the food is toxic, we usually just chirp good even when it’s utter garbage.”

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