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General questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What do I want from life?
  3. What make me happy?
  4. When did I feel happy in life?
  5. How much pain are you willing to take?
  6. Are you a weakling (mentally)? If not, get off your butt, do serious work to make yourself, your parents, and your kids proud.
  7. How much have you loved?
  8. What do you love doing that you aren’t doing?
  9. What person or type of person would you choose as a life companion?
  10. Where do you want to live?
  11. When have you felt the most alive or happy?
  12. What am I focused on?
  13. Why Do You Do What You Do?
  14. What do you want to accomplish?
  15. Am I living a balanced life? Am I letting my pursuit for success making my life miserable?
  16. Are most people happy? Beside work, they have the weekends, and they can do whatever they want. Can I be normal? Can I live like normal people?
  17. What do you want to be remembered by?
  18. What kind of life would make you jealous? And why?
  19. What adventures do you want to have?
  20. What do I want to do? What is my heart telling me?
  21. Is this what I want to be doing?
  22. How do you feel about the work that you currently have?
  23. If you have no work, where is your starting point / gate?
  24. Where are the opportunities around you?
  25. Every opportunity usually disguises itself as a problem. Is problem-solving your escalator to success?
  26. If you had to add something to humanity, what would your contribution be?
  27. What are your ghosts? Your unspoken demons? The stuff you keep in your closet under a lock? What are you most deeply afraid of? Say it out loud. Get real with yourself. It’s how you conquer them.
  28. What are your favorite memories?
  29. Who are important in my life? Who are important to my business? Who are important to me?
  30. Who do you love the most? What 10 people would you put on a lifeboat in case of a universal tsunami, asteroid or any other realistic end-of-the-world event? Who would you die for?
  31. What worries you the most? Worry comes from fear. And most fear is imaginary. So what are you worried about?
  32. What type of people inspire you and make you come alive? What people at this point in your life add to the truest equation of you? Reach out to them, get closer, “touch” them, spend time with them, be around them. Aliveness is the one virus you always need to catch.
  33. What type of people bring you down and make you hate yourself? Break up with them. Today. It’s not rejection, it’s just selection. You must not invest your love in people who don’t want it and who use it to deplete you. 
Love is the most elevated, beautiful transaction between two creatures. But it’s still a transaction. You are responsible for your heart’s investments
  34. Who are your mentors? What have they taught you? Can you make a list? If you know them personally, thank the writers, thinkers, teachers, people who’ve shown you the way. You owe them a mention on your lips and in your heart; and you must pay the inspiration forward. It’s contagious and fuels you.
  35. What is your cosmic elevator pitch? Not your job description, professional bio, resume, About page. In short, who are you – raw, unedited, wild, ordinary and extraordinary you?
  36. What issues can you help with?
  37. How can you express yourself creatively?
  38. What makes you come alive?
  39. What ignites your brain?
  40. What physical exercise makes you sweat like you mean it and enjoy both the process and the feeling afterward?
  41. What does your body need in order to function at its best?
  42. What are you proud of so far? What have you accomplished? Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be someone who’s done “more” and some who’s done “less.” But what can you, at this point in your life (your circumstances, your reality), give yourself a hug for? Do it.
  43. Fast-forward to your epitaph. What does it say? As a place-holder, let’s paraphrase Jack Kerouac: “They lived and loved and asked, blessed and adventured … and they weren’t sorry."
  44. What do I want to accomplish this year? What do I want to accomplish in my life?
  45. To achieve my goal, what tolerations do I need to eliminate?
  46. What’s my single greatest strength? The world’s strongest brands use their superpowers to stand out, attract attention and accomplish goals. You must rethink everything you do and give yourself the mandate to integrate more of your strength into it. How will you use your strength to distinguish yourself and shine with success?
  47. Who is making decisions about me? You need to achieve total clarity about your target audience – decision makers and influencers. Who has the power to impact your goal? Focus your visibility and communications efforts on this specific group.
  48. What new skill do I need to develop? Do you need to polish your public speaking so that you can move into a leadership role? Have you been avoiding social media because it seems too confusing? Would conflict-resolution training make you a unique asset to your team? What is the ONE skill that will take you from where you are to where you want to be? Know which skill you need in order to move forward. If you aren’t learning, you’re falling behind.
  49. What ONE thing will I commit to that will improve my health? Good health is a business imperative. It is the source of energy, creativity and capability. Do you need to reduce stress, shrink your waistline, move more, eat better? Make ONE change that will fuel your body and your mind.
  50. What belief or mindset do I need to discard? We all have self-limiting beliefs. It could be a mindset that was helpful when you were just starting out but is now a liability (“I shouldn’t challenge senior management”). It might be an overreaction to an isolated incident (“My pitch got rejected; I’m not a persuasive person”). It’s time for a reality check. Ditch those disorienting myths so you can easily find the fast lane.
  51. Who do I need in my network? Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You need to be connected to a mutually supportive group of colleagues, mentors, thought-leaders, mentees, and other corporate compadres. Don’t go about networking haphazardly – develop a focused approach. First look at who is in your network. Then think about who you need in your network to do your job better and achieve your goal. This gap analysis will help you build well-honed strategies to expand your network.
  52. What does Google say about me? Who you are online is who you are to the world. Analyze your online identity and take action to make it reflect the real you and your real aims for the new year. Your Google results will impact everything from whether you get a job and get promoted to whether you get a date with the person who works down the hall.
  53. What will I do to help others achieve their goals? What’s your plan to contribute to the success of others? What positive changes do you envision for your world? What part will you play in that progress.
  54. What does my heart say?
  55. What am I afraid of?
  56. Who inspires me the most? What is it about their story or character that draws you to them?
  57. What are my favorite stories? What are your top three movies? Is there a common thread that runs through each story? If you want to see what matters most to you, look at the stories that resonate the closest.
  58. Who/what am I doing this for? Why am I doing this?
  59. Would I want to live with me?
  60. Do the people I’m surrounded by bring me life?
  61. If I don’t do this now, will I regret in the future?
  62. Are you spending time increasing your talent or increasing your character?
  63. Can you write this action in your calendar so you’ll know you have a place for it?
  64. Do you have the courage to take full responsibility for everything you think, feel and do, without blaming yourself?
  65. Do you realize you’re the only person who values your time?
  66. Do you respond to interview questions with memorable or mundane answers?
  67. Do you see people straightforwardly, or through the distorted images you’ve created?
  68. Have you identified and valued your true expertise and inventoried your negotiable personal assets?
  69. How are you maximizing the conditions that lead to success?
  70. How are you sharpening your rut-fighting skills?
  71. How are you strengthening your foundation of personal credibility?
  72. What are your core values?
  73. How are you using blogging to get hired faster?
  74. How can you arrange your day so you become unstoppable?
  75. How can you create a comprehensive laboratory for internalizing good fundamentals, releasing tension and cultivating energetic awareness?
  76. How can you use tiny pockets of time to improve your pace and results?
  77. How could you become more and more psychologically impregnable?
  78. How did you add value to yourself today?
  79. How do you avoid being perceived as one-dimensional?
  80. How do you leave your mark wherever you go?
  81. How does the market perceieve you to be more valuable?
  82. How is watching television landing you a job?
  83. How long will it take the market to recognize your trustworthiness and efficiency and then reward you with new business?
  84. How many convenient tasks are you doing that delude you into thinking that you’re actually accomplishing something?
  85. How many of your demands could be reduced if you put some energy into prioritizing, organizing and streamlining the routines that now fritter away your attention?
  86. How many people did you give your business cards to today?
  87. How many people do you plan to meet on your journey today who can improve your life?
  88. How much faster would you get hired if you woke up one hour earlier every day?
  89. How would your life be different if you were perceived as an expert in your field?
  90. How would you like your ideal calendar to look in five years?
  91. Is what you’re doing right now consistent with your #1 goal?
  92. Is what you’re doing right now leading to getting hired?
  93. Is what you’re doing right now the best use of your time?
  94. What are the top three activities that fill your time to feel as though you’ve been productive?
  95. What are you (not) doing that makes no sense at all?
  96. What are you recognized as being the best at?
  97. What are you the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world of?
  98. What behaviors are preventing you from making progress towards becoming the best version of yourself?
  99. What consumes your time that isn’t making you any money?
  100. What contains the energy needed to catapult you out of this rut?
  101. What did you do today that you should do less of tomorrow?
  102. What dumb, non-value added things are you doing each day?
  103. What is the one thing you could do now that will have the most impact on your success in the upcoming year?
  104. What makes the way you perceive the world unique?
  105. What three highly valuable activities did you accomplish today?
  106. Who do you have to become to land the job that you want?
  107. Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
  108. What is the one dream for your life you most look forward to achieving?
  109. Who has the capacity to make you angrier than anyone else in your life, and what in particular does he or she do to make you so angry?
  110. Who has the capacity to make you feel loved more than anyone else in your life, and what in particular does he or she do to cause you to feel so lovable?
  111. How do you feel about yourself—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?
  112. When do you feel inspired? How does it feel when you are inspired?
  113. What is the most important thing in the world to you?
  114. If you had one day to live, how would you want to spend it?
  115. When do you feel most afraid?
  116. If you could accomplish only one thing during the rest of your life, what would it be?
  117. What bores you? Why is this?
  118. How important is money to you? How much time do you spend thinking about it?
  119. What is the role of God in your life? Do you believe there is a God, and if so, what is God like in relation to you?
  120. What three interests are you most passionate about?
  121. Who is your biggest enemy, and precisely how and why did this person become your enemy?
  122. How important is food to you? Do you feel disciplined when it comes to eating?
  123. Does the idea of being married to the same person for the rest of your life sound appealing to you—or not so appealing? What is there about it that you would especially like or not like?
  124. Do you consider yourself emotionally healthy? In what ways are you especially healthy, and in what ways could you use improvement?
  125. Do you argue very much with the people closest to you? How does it usually turn out?
  126. What specifically would you like your closest friends to say about you at your funeral?
  127. Is my anger legitimate? What is making me angry and why is it making me angry? Does the person that is making me angry really mean to make me angry? Is there a possibility of miss-communication?
  128. Do I have a right to be angry?
  129. What’s the use of my getting angry?
  130. What good will it do?
  131. What is the problem, and whose problem is it? How can I sort out who is responsible for what? How can I learn to express my anger in a way that will not leave me feeling helpless and powerless? When I’m angry, how can I clearly communicate my position without becoming defensive or attacking? What risks and losses might I face if I become clearer and more assertive? If getting angry is not working for me, what can I do differently?
  132. Who would cry the most at my funeral?
  133. Do I spend enough time with the people who would cry the most at my funeral?
  134. Who would I want to cry the most at my funeral? Chances are those are the people you neglect the most. You care about them but you're taking them for granted.
  135. Is my company a business I would want my children to run? There may be aspects of your business you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, much less your kids: insufferable customers, unbearable employees, difficult working conditions, uncertain long-term prospects. If you would say to your child, "No, I wouldn't want you to have to deal with that…" why do allow yourself to continue to deal with that? Naturally you want your kids to be happy. You also deserve to be happy. List the problems, then fix the problems. If you want a better future for your kids, show them the way by making a better future for yourself.
  136. Who are my loyal subjects / friends? Why are they loyal to me? (because I am loyal to them)
  137. Does today feel different than yesterday? It should, if only in a very small way. Otherwise you're sitting still.
  138. Do I say "no" more than I say "yes"? Am I a nay-sayer? Am I a yay-sayer?
  139. Do I spend money instead of time? Maybe you buy your kids "stuff" because you feel guilty for being away so much, or missing events, or being distracted most of the time. Maybe you buy your significant other "stuff" when you feel guilty about not paying enough attention or showing, by word and action, that you care. Or maybe you spend money on productivity tools instead of putting in the time to change inefficient work habits. Or maybe you buy expensive fitness equipment and trendy workout gear instead of just sucking it up and working out more. Money never produces the same results as time. Expensive clothes can't get you in shape; productivity apps can't make you more efficient; a new tablet can't transform your business life. Money can change some things, temporarily. Time can change anything, forever. And don't forget: Your kids will soon forget the video game you bought them but they'll never forget the afternoon you spent together.
  140. Do I think of myself as a noun? Don't define yourself by what you do. Never let yourself be a noun. Be a person who does lots of verbs—and is always open to more. See
  141. Do I make people feel good about themselves? Unexpected praise, like the gift given "just because," makes a huge impact. Every day, people around you do good things. Praise at least one of them, sincerely and specifically. They'll feel great. You'll feel great.
  142. Do I scare myself. Don't scare yourself with fear of the future, or the economy, or injury or death, but with things you decide to do that push, stretch, challenge, and leave you excited and thrilled and relieved in an "Oh my gosh I can't believe I did that!" way. We all have fears. What matters is what we do when we're hesitant or nervous or afraid. When we turn away, we die a little inside; when we face a fear and do what we really want to do, we feel truly alive.
  143. Are you living… or really living? You only get one chance. Make sure you live.
  144. Why worry? These two words, considered sincerely, can radically reconfigure the landscape of your mind. Worry rarely leads to positive action; it's just painful, useless fear about hypothetical events, which scuttles happiness rather than ensuring it. Some psychologists say that by focusing on gratitude, we can shut down the part of the brain that worries. It actually works!
  145. Why do I like {cupcakes} more than I like {people}? Stop trying to like the things you don't like, and many vices will disappear on their own.
  146. How do I want the world to be different because I lived in it? Your existence is already a factor in world history—now, what sort of factor do you want it to be? Maybe you know you're here to create worldwide prosperity, a beautiful family, or one really excellent bagel. If your impressions are more vague, keep asking this question. Eventually you'll glimpse clearer outlines of your destiny. Live by design, not by accident.
  147. How do I want to be different because I lived in this world? In small ways or large, your life will change the world—and in small ways or large, the world will change you. What experiences do you want to have during your brief sojourn here? Make a list. Make a vision board. Make a promise. This won't control your future, but it will shape it.
  148. What is my body telling me?
  149. How much junk could a chic chick chuck if a chic chick could chuck junk? I believe this question was originally posed by Lao Tzu, who also wrote, "To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something." Face it: You'd be better off without some of your relationships, many of your possessions, and most of your thoughts. Chuck your chic-chick junk, chic chick. Enlightenment awaits.
  150. Where am I wrong? This might well be the most powerful question on our list—as Socrates believed, we gain our first measure of intelligence when we first admit our own ignorance. Your ego wants you to avoid noticing where you may have bad information or unworkable ideas. But you'll gain far more capability and respect by asking where you're wrong than by insisting you're right
  151. What potential memories am I bartering, and is the profit worth the price? Every time you choose social acceptance over your heart's desires, or financial gain over ethics, or your comfort zone over the adventure you were born to experience, you're making a similar deal. Don't.
  152. What do I love to practice? Some psychologists believe that no one is born with any particular talent and that all skill is gained through practice. Studies have shown that masters are simply people who've practiced a skill intensely for 10,000 hours or more. That requires loving—not liking, loving—what you do. If you really want to excel, go where you're passionate enough to practice
  153. Where could I work less and achieve more? To maximize time spent practicing your passions, minimize everything else. These days you can find machines or human helpers to assist with almost anything. Author Timothy Ferriss "batches" job tasks into his famous "four-hour workweek." My client Cindy has an e-mail ghostwriter. Another client, Angela, hired an assistant in the Philippines who flawlessly tracks her schedule and her investments. Get creative with available resources to find more time in your life and life in your time.
  154. How could I work less and achieve more?
  155. How can I keep myself absolutely safe? Ask this question just to remind yourself of the answer: You can't. Life is inherently uncertain. The way to cope with that reality is not to control and avoid your way into a rigid little demi-life, but to develop courage. Doing what you long to do, despite fear, will accomplish this.
  156. Where should I break the rules? If everyone kept all the rules, we'd still be practicing cherished traditions like child marriage, slavery, and public hangings. The way humans become humane is by assessing from the heart, rather than the rule book, where the justice of a situation lies. Sometimes you have to break the rules around you to keep the rules within you
  157. So say I lived in that fabulous house in Tuscany, with untold wealth, a gorgeous, adoring mate, and a full staff of servants…then what? We can get so obsessed with acquiring fabulous lives that we forget to live. When my clients ask themselves this question, they almost always discover that their "perfect life" pastimes are already available. Sharing joy with loved ones, spending time in nature, finding inner peace, writing your novel — you can do all these things right now. Begin!
  158. Are my thoughts hurting or healing? Your situation may endanger your life and limbs, but only your thoughts can endanger your happiness. Telling yourself a miserable mental story about your circumstances creates suffering. Telling yourself a more positive and grateful story, studies show, increases happiness. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, choose thoughts that knit your heart together, rather than tear it apart.
  159. Really truly: Is this what I want to be doing? It's been several seconds since you asked this. Ask it again. Not to make yourself petulant or frustrated—just to see if it's possible to choose anything, and I mean any little thing, that would make your present experience more delightful. Thus continues the revolution.
  160. Do I follow what I’m expected to do and go for the lifestyle, or do I dive back into the crumbling well of not knowing what I’m doing with my life?
  161. Are you doing something that allow you sufficient time for other things that are still important to you?
  162. How can I be doing my #1 goal and still have sufficient time for other things that are still important to me? Would hiring more people help?
  163. How can I improve my situation?
  164. Is it really as bad as it appears to be? Okay, you might not have the salary, but is your job progressing the way you want it to? Do you have steady income? Do you like your colleagues?
  165. Are you putting unnecessary pressure on yourself? Remember to give yourself a break and be kind to yourself. Take time to step back and look at what you’ve achieved so far. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth taking time over and really pacing yourself. A bit of patience and a sprinkle of hope, and you’ll get there.
  166. Whose expectations are you fighting with—yours or someone else’s? See
  167. What can you learn from the situation? Everything happens for a reason. Are you underselling yourself at work? Are you spending time on things that really light you up? The big lesson for me was learning to be myself and be okay with that. I learned that my talents and skills are unique and that at the end of the day, people want and remember you for you, not for your job.
  168. Is there anything you could do today to move you closer to your ideal life? Nobody can do it for you but you. There’s no time like the present. Your dream and goals are just waiting for you to run toward them with open arms. All you have to do is say yes and do it. See
  169. If you have a chance to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
  170. Are you holding on to something that you need to let go of?
  171. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  172. What old habits would I like to release?
  173. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
  174. Who do you love? What are you doing about it?
  175. If you could do anything with your life, and money were no object, what would you do?
  176. When is it time to stop calculating RISK and REWARDs, and just do what you know is right?
  177. When you are old and gray, what will matter to you most?
  178. Do you ask enough questions? Or do you settle for what you know?
  179. Do you celebrate the things you have?
  180. When was the last time that you try something new?
  181. Which activities make you lose track of time?
  182. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
  183. Time or Money?
  184. Are you aware that someone has it worse than you?
  185. What make you smile?
  186. Do I love from my insecurities or do I love from my strengths? Loving from your insecurities demands from others. Loving from your strengths gives to them. Loving out of your insecurities does not want to see people succeed more than yourself. Loving from your strengths hears of other’ s success and is the first to celebrate with them. Loving from insecurities daily demands “what are you going to do for me?” Loving from your strengths asks others, “what can I do for you?” Too many people love from their insecurities, and that’s not love.
  187. Where am I ripe with talent and where do I quickly deflate? We all have talent. And we all have loads of non-talent we keep trying to transform into talent. Write down a few things you’re talented at and a few things you’re not. Then focus on the things you’re good at. Stop trying to chip away at that solid cement block when you have a soft block of cheese just waiting to be devoured.
  188. What are my favorite hobbies/things I do for fun, and is there something there I can leverage into a career or product?
  189. What’s the main thing that’s holding me back?
  190. What are my negotiables and non-negotiables?
  191. What breaks my heart?
  192. Is starting a business right for me? Do I want to run a business? Do I have what it take to run a business?
  193. How much are you willing to suffer in the short run to get a better future?
  194. How important will it be to spend X number of hours with your kids? And what is that X?
  195. How well do you understand your own defects?
  196. What does 50-year-old Max want?
  197. Can your community be a cyber community, or do you need to have a face-to-face community?

This very moment is, always, the only moment in which you can make changes. Knowing which changes are best for you comes, always, from assessing what you feel. Ask yourself many times every day if you like what you're doing. If the answer is no, start noticing what you'd prefer. Thus begins the revolution.

Finding your passion:

  1. What are some things you feel you do well? Think about the talents you already know you have, and ask friends and family what they think you’re good at. You might be surprised by what they say.
  2. What challenges you? The things that challenge you might be opportunities to improve and move toward your goals — and they might suggest areas of study and work that will keep you interested long into the future.
  3. What do you like to do for fun? Think about the reasons you enjoy your favorite activities, the things they have in common and the strengths they bring out in you.
  4. Who do you look up to? The people you admire — whether they’re celebrities, historical figures or people you know personally — can tell you something about who you are and what you value. Consider what it is about them you like and whether those qualities are worth reaching for.
  5. What’s something you’ve always wanted to try? Consider your reasons for wanting to do this — and why it is you haven’t done this yet. Do you find it exciting? What do you expect to get out of it?
  6. What accomplishment has made you most proud? Your answer might have nothing to do with a hard-won A or a trophy — it might be the time you stuck up for someone who needed your help. What you’re proud of can help you see what matters most to you.
  7. What’s your favorite class? Don’t limit yourself to the subjects that come easiest to you. Think about which classes make you lose track of time. Is it the teacher or the subject matter that holds your interest?
  8. What do you read about in your free time? The kinds of stories you follow in the news, your favorite books and websites — these can help you figure out what really makes you curious.
  9. If you could do any job for a day, what would it be? Think about which careers you want to try on. What is it about them you find so appealing? What would you change to make them fit you better?
  10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Even if your childhood dreams seem silly now, remembering them may show you what’s always been important to you.
  11. What are you ridiculously good at? What are your precious gifts?
  12. When was the last time you massively over delivered on something? What was it and why did you work so damn hard?
  13. When was the last time you were in a state of flow, in the zone and totally lost track of time? What were you doing?
  14. What topics do you find yourself continuously arguing or defending with others? What beliefs does your stance represent?
  15. Out of all your current work roles, what would you gladly do for free?
  16. What do your friends always tell you you’d be good at, that you should do for a living (i.e. “he’d make a great…)? If you don’t remember, then go ask five of them.
  17. What careers do you find yourself dreaming of? What jobs do others have that you wish were yours?
  18. What 3-5 dream jobs or businesses can you imagine that would firmly embody your core beliefs about the world. Sky’s the limit.
  19. What makes you happiest in your life? What excites you?
  20. What do you do that makes you feel invincible?
  21. What do people thank you for?
  22. Who do you look up to? Who are your mentors? Who inspires you? Why?
  23. Imagine you won $158 million in the lottery. It's now three months later. How will you spend tomorrow?
  24. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  25. If you could have or do anything, what would it be?
  26. What makes you most angry about the state of the world? With unlimited resources how could you fix it?
  27. What are you most afraid of for the next generation, whether you have kids or not?
  28. What do you love helping people with? How do you most commonly help others?
  29. What’s your favorite section in the bookstore? What’s the first magazine you’d pick up at the grocery store?
  30. When was the last time you couldn't sleep because you were so excited about what you had to work on? What was it?
  31. If you trusted that your art (your creativity) would support your life, How would you live?
  32. Out of all your current work roles, what would you gladly do for free?
  33. What do you want to be remembered for? what dent do you want to have put in the world?
  34. What are you naturally curious about?
  35. If you had a free hour to surf the internet, what would you explore?
  36. Think back to when you were 5 or 10 years old. What did you want to be when you grew up? Anything goes. What skills and metaphors do these represent (i.e. pilot may be a symbol for freedom)?
  37. If you could write a book to help the world, that is guaranteed to be a best seller, what would the title be? What's it about?
  38. What careers do you find yourself dreaming of? What jobs do others have that you wish were yours?
  39. What revolution do you want to lead?



In other words, if you want to succeed at money, you need to be constantly looking at your own life, your own goals, and your own choices until that kind of reflection becomes second nature.

  1. How much does money mean to me and why? How much money do I need to live the life style that I want to live? How much does this contribute to my major purposes, goals, and values in life?
  2. What was the last money mistake I made and why did I make it?
  3. Am I on a realistic savings pace for what I want to do when I’m near retirement age?
  4. If I have children, what am I doing to make sure I can help them with schooling in the way I would like to?
  5. If I have any dependents or have any living former dependents or others I care about, do I have a will (or other estate plan) or life insurance and an information document in place for them?
  6. Do I have enough of an emergency fund?
  7. What would happen to me if I were to lose my job tomorrow and couldn’t become employed again quickly, and how can I improve that plan?
  8. What would happen to me if my spouse passed away suddenly or became unable to produce income or care for him/herself, and what can I do to improve that plan?
  9. What big expenses do I know are coming in the next year or near future, such as property taxes or insurance payments?
  10. What big expenses do I know are coming in the next five to ten years, such as a down payment or a new car?
  11. What can I realistically do to improve my income level?


Questions regarding career and job search:

  1. Is what I do really worthwhile? In other words: Does my work make a difference to people? Does it help people? Am I adding something of value to the world? Doing something worthwhile makes us feel worthwhile and can compensate for other shortcomings in the position.
  2. Do I enjoy my job? Do you you get a buzz from what you do?
  3. Do I hate my job? Why do I hate my job? What can I tolerate? What can I not tolerate? Is there anything that I can do to improve my job? Can I ask my boss for help?
  4. Am I learning? If you are still developing and learning in the job then it is an investment of your time. If you have stopped learning and are repeating experiences then it may be time for a change.
  5. Why am I starting a job search?
  6. What do I hate about my current job? What can I tolerate?
  7. Does this job lead to somewhere I want to go? Is this experience useful in preparing you for something else you might want to do?
  8. Am I well paid? On an objective assessment are you fairly compensated for what you contribute?
  9. Do I get on with my boss? A difficult boss can make your time at work miserable. If you answer this question “no”, then see the article
  10. Do I get on with my colleagues? A good social environment and friendly workmates can make up for many other problems at work.
  11. Am I empowered to be creative and do things my way? This is more important for some people than others. Does it matter for you?
  12. Is my work/life balance acceptable? Most people would like more time with their families but work is demanding so they accept some kind of balance. Are you getting at least the minimum free time you need to live your life?
  13. Is my job title prestigious? This really matters to some people but is irrelevant to others. Do you feel proud when you tell people where you work and what you do?
  14. What benefits do my current employer offer?
  15. Am I trading one set of problems for another set of problems?
  16. What unique value do I bring to potential employers?
  17. What type of corporate culture do I want to work within?
  18. On what, if anything, can I be flexible?
  19. Where do I ultimately want to be in my career, and what steps do I have to take to get there?
  20. Am I proud to tell people where I work? If not, it's time to start looking elsewhere. Titles come and go. Money comes and goes. Pride is forever.


When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny - Paulo Coelho
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself - Rumi
I believe you can be the person your heart dreams of being - Drew Barrymore

Questions to ask yourself before starting a business?

  1. Why am I starting a business?
  2. What kind of business do I want?
  3. Who is my ideal customer?
  4. What products or services will my business provide?
  5. Am I prepared to spend the time and money needed to get my business started?
  6. What differentiates my business idea and the products or services I will provide from others in the market?
  7. Where will my business be located?
  8. How many employees will I need?
  9. What types of suppliers do I need?
  10. How much money do I need to get started?
  11. Will I need to get a loan?
  12. How soon will it take before my products or services are available?
  13. How long do I have until I start making a profit?
  14. Who is my competition?
  15. How will I price my product compared to my competition?
  16. How will I set up the legal structure of my business?
  17. What taxes do I need to pay?
  18. What kind of insurance do I need?
  19. How will I manage my business?
  20. How will I advertise my business?
  21. What is your risk tolerance level?
  22. Can you juggle many tasks?
  23. Am I passionate about my product or service?
  24. Am I good at making decisions?
  25. Do I work from home or do I lease office space?
  26. Do I hire employees?
  27. Do I pursue high-end clients or sell to the masses?
  28. Do I incorporate? Do I advertise?
  29. Do I borrow money from friends or family?
  30. Do I use my entire savings?
  31. Am I willing to take on numerous responsibilities? Entrepreneurs in particular must be versatile and play a number of roles, from chief salesperson and bookkeeper to head marketer and bill collector. If juggling many roles doesn’t suit you, entrepreneurship probably won’t, either.
  32. How will I be able to avoid burnout? Working seven days a week, losing touch with friends, abandoning old hobbies and interests and not making time for loved ones can quickly lead to burnout in the midst of starting up— and ultimately to business failure. Stick to better habits to maintain work/life balance, such as not working on Sundays, making time for hobbies such as sailing and salsa dancing, and building close ties with other business owners through a faith-based support network.


Problem solving:

  • What, Why, When, Where, Who, How?
  • Who can help me with this project ?
  • Has the answer - ?
  • Do I need to speak to - ?
  • Are my potential clients - ?
  • Is the decision maker - ?
  • What is the best next step - ?
  • Do my clients want - ?
  • Is the answer/solution - ?
  • Are the benefits - ?
  • Are the options - ?
  • Where can I find the information I need ?
  • Is the best place to - ?
  • Can I use this - ?
  • Are my potential clients - ?
  • When is the best time for me to - ?
  • Who can I talk to?
  • Who can help me with this?
  • Can I take the next step - ?
  • Are my potential clients most receptive - ?
  • How Can I resolve this disagreement / dilemma?
  • Can I raise my profile - ?
  • Can I be most effective - ?
  • Which is the best choice for me right now?
  • Would be most fun - ?
  • Component goes first - ?
  • Benefit is most important for my customer - ?
  • How do you get the answers?

Asking questions open up possibilities, creative solutions, and aid decision-making. See

Marriage and relationship:

  • Would I want to live with me? Before you start thinking about living with someone else, do you even want to live with yourself? Have you opened up your closet doors and faced your monsters? Too many people go into relationships hoping that it will fix all their problems, when it actually has the magical ability to show you how many problems you really have. Like a third-rate magician, marriage puts big things behind a curtain, but does nothing to make it disappear. If you don’t like living with yourself, is it fair to ask someone else to do the same?

Marketing your products:

  1. What Is Your Market? Who do you sell to? Does your product appeal to a particular gender or age group? What about location? Do you sell only in a certain area? If your marketing and advertising plan does not consider these factors, you'll waste money and effort by targeting people who are not interested in your product or service, while missing those who are.
  2. Where Does Your Market Go Online? Once you have identified your customer group for online advertising, find out where those people spend time online. Powerful (and free) analytical tools can help you determine where people go online to look for products and services like yours, so you can target ads in those locations.
  3. What Social Media Outlets Are Best for You? Social media is growing quickly, and it's not just about being social anymore. Social media also provides a platform where you can find and interact with customers. But with so many outlets to choose from, which should you use? Facebook can help you connect with fans of your company and find out what matters to them. Visual sites such as Pinterest and Instagram help you show your customers what you have to offer. The social media outlets you utilize should match the product or service you are promoting.
  4. Can Customers Find You on the Internet? When customers search for your product or business, can they find you? Is your website optimized for search engines? What keywords do customers use to find your business? If you don't know these answers, it's time to find out. An online presence is only effective if people know you're there.
  5. What about Marketing to Mobile Customers? Almost half of Americans already own smartphones. That means a huge segment of the population may be looking for you right at the moment they are ready to shop. Are you ready for them? Mobile advertising is not as important as having your content set up for mobile access. Customers rarely click on mobile ads, but they are looking for engaging and helpful content, so consider this in your online advertising.
  6. What Makes You Memorable? What makes your business stick in people's minds? Is it your logo? A recognizable tune? Whatever it is, make sure you apply it consistently across your online advertising campaign. Wherever customers find you, whether it's on social media sites, on your website, or in ads, they should see the same memorable image that connects to your company.
  7. Are Your Employees Ready? If your employees are going to be equipped to market effectively and respond to advertising questions quickly, they need the right equipment. Whether they are setting up advertising budgets using Google's Adwords or tweeting your latest company announcements, they need fast, reliable computers.
  8. Who Can Help? Depending on your business, you can use websites, bloggers, and social media specialists to help you craft your message and deliver it to your customers effectively. Maybe you don't have the time or expertise to focus on your online presence, but there are professionals who specialize in this process and are ready to help.
  9. How Will This Affect My Advertising Budget? If you have not looked at your advertising budget in a few years, it's likely due for a change anyway. You can launch inexpensive ad campaigns using social media, or you can spend thousands of dollars purchasing space for your ads at popular landing places on the Web. Remember that online advertising and sales can have a unique effect on your accounting and taxes, due to how state sales taxes are applied to online transactions.
  10. How Will I Know if This Works? The great thing about advertising and doing business online is the immense amount of data available to you. You can easily find out how many people are clicking on your ads, where they are coming from, and whether they buy anything on your site. Advertising should always be fluid and responsive, and the many analytical tools make it simpler than ever to gauge the effectiveness of your advertising.


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