The right questions


I was asked yesterday, how I measure the success of my weekly journal — my answer was simple; people reply, they ask questions and we share ideas with one another.

This week, something different.

I'm going to ask you questions.

One of the fundamental problems within creative people is the lack of self awareness — the ability to understand our selves, our potential, our weaknesses and our vulnerabilities.

Last week I was asked to present to a group of soon-to-be graduating students and it was telling. In these scenarios I usually ask the students to send me their questions a week in advance and I then hold a Q&A-style discussion that involves and includes them, rather than have me stand up in front of them telling them how it's going to be.

I was surprised that they didn't have any questions — I arrived into the auditorium to see up 30-40 students ready to go and I was bewildered that they didn't have any questions prepared.

I asked if they had questions and there was a stunned silence and many red cheeks of embarrassment.

I introduced myself and began to ask them some questions about their plans for their graduating year. I asked what they were afraid of, what they were looking forward to and what they were going to do for the [Australian] summer.

They warmed up and started shooting questions at me for the better part of an hour.

Questions are powerful.

Questions are powerful.

I wrote that twice for a reason — to ensure you had the time to understand it.

Especially those 'dumb' questions you're afraid to ask in public and those questions we are all too afraid to ask ourselves, but know deep down, we have to.

This week, I have some questions for you.

I hope they help you discover something new and from this new thing, you create something powerful.

  1. What comes to mind when you think about growing up in your hometown?

  2. What did you love to do as a child — so much so, you lost track of time?

  3. If your grandparents left a message to you what do you think they would say?

  4. When your partner met you, how did they know you were the one?

  5. How did you choose your career and what was your favourite part about it?

  6. What do you believe about yourself that helps you deal with adversity?

  7. When was your toughest time?

  8. Who have you helped this week?

  9. Which three events most shaped your life?

  10. Which three people most shaped your life?

  11. Are you scared to be a parent?

  12. If you could leave a message for your 12-year old self, what would it say?

  13. What will they say after you're gone?

  14. Who are you?

  15. What do you think the world needs more of right now?

  16. What does your ideal day look like? From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to bed.

  17. What are the three worst decisions you've ever made? What did you learn?

  18. What aren't you most proud of?

  19. What are the three biggest metaphorical mountains you've climbed?

  20. What are you most thankful for?

  21. What are you thinking of starting but are yet to begin?

  22. What are your vulnerabilities?

  23. What is your most often used excuse?

  24. Why do you believe it?

  25. What are you going to do this week, to push yourself out of your comfort zone?