If you want uncommon CLARITY and results, ask yourself (and others) uncommonly CLEAR questions.
Often, all that stands between you and what you want is a better set of questions.
The 11 questions below (borrowed from Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss) will help draw out the jewels of wisdom from your Personal History and CLARIFY (once and for all) that you are enough (as you are right now).
Answer the questions with this intention…
Imagine that you’re having a conversation with your teenage self and giving yourself advice and direction (based on your real life successes, failures and speculations).
The significance of this activity is developing the ability to look into the future, find the appropriate value and then give present self insight for the right and best next action.
- What 3 books that you have received or purchased that have greatly influenced your life? Why would you recommend this book to others?
- What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? Consider sharing specifics like brand and model, where you found it, top 3 benefits, etc.
- How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? What “favorite failure” story can you share that is packed with great wisdom?
- If you had a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
- What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? How have you benefited specifically? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
- What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing (about yourself) that you absolutely love?
- In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved the quality of your thinking and value of your contribution to others?
- What warnings would you give to yourself, perhaps just graduated from college, about to enter the “real world” (around age 22 to 24 time-frame)? What warnings would you tell your 22 to 24 year old self to ignore?
- What “so-called expert” recommendations have you heard in your current profession or area of expertise, initially accepted as true and then realized after several failed attempts that something was missing? What previously missing element allowed you to successfully get the result?
- In the last five years, what have you become better at saying NO to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? What ideal opportunity would receive an emphatic, resounding YES… Count Me In (if presented right now)?
- When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do (to get back to a centered place where you have personal power)?
Book Mentioned During The Discussion About Question 1
These are phenomenal books.
They will challenge you.
They will stretch you.
They will change you.
If not approached with care, they will immobilize you.
While you’re here to learn, the learning has ONE INTENT.
That intent is to take action today, more intelligently than you did yesterday!
Explore these books at various stages of your journey.
Allow them to catapult you over meaningless obstacles.
Embody their words and become the message of hope and transformation.
Becoming Your Own Banker
R. Nelson Nash
Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others
Money Before Marriage: A Financial Workbook for Engaged Couples
Creative Followership: In the Shadow of Greatness
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Tribe of Millionaires: What if one choice could change everything?
Think and Grow Rich!:The Original Version, Restored and Revised
I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships
Michael S. Sorensen
Revealing the Secrets of the Game
W. James Dennis
The Business Coach
The Maxwell Leadership Bible
John C. Maxwell
The $100 Startup
Thinking For A Change
John C. Maxwell
Thinking On These Things
Who Do You Think You Are, Anyway?
Now, Discover Your Strengths
The Five Love Languages
The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz
Power vs Force
How The World Sees You
The 50th Law
50 Cent and Robert Greene
Law of Success
Four Daily Tasks
Getting Things Done
Business Model Generation
Storytelling Made Easy
10 More Books Worth Considering To Help You Think and Lead More Effectively
How to Position Yourself As The Obvious Expert
Elsom and Mark Eldridge
Winning With People
John C. Maxwell
The ONE Thing
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
There’s A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem
A Return To Love
Escape From Cubicle Nation
80/20 Sales and Marketing
The Magic of Thinking Big
David J. Schwartz
How To Write A Good Advertisement: A Short Course In Copywriting
Victor O. Schwab