Life Altering Questions

Nov 27th, 2016
2 min read

Questions can be very powerful. They have the ability to alter our lives permanently. The right question can get you out of a rut or on the path to a much more fulfilling life.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. - Pierre-Marc-Gaston

I’ve noticed the quality of my life, relationships, and interactions are very closely aligned with the quality of questions I’m asking myself and others. I decided to document some of these questions so I can refer back to them in the future. Hopefully others will also find them useful.

Table Of Contents

Personal Questions

  • What is my current major definite purpose?
  • What should I be doing more of? Less of?
  • Who should I be reaching out to in order to make progress towards my goals?
  • When was the last time I reached out to family and loved ones?
  • When was the last time I put myself in an uncomfortable position?
  • Am I letting fear hold me back from anything?
  • What am I 100% committed to accomplishing this week?

Questions For Others

As an INTJ I find small talk and gossip to be incredibly annoying. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy talking to people (well most people) but I find it much more fulfilling when conversations can be about “deeper” topics. Here are some questions that I’ve found that help lead to deeper, more meaningful conversations.

  • What was the happiest day in your life?
  • What was the saddest day in your life?
  • What place has most inspired you?
  • What made you fall in love with your significant other?
  • What work are you most passionate about?
  • What do you wish your younger self had known about that you know today?
  • If you hadn’t gone into (insert profession) field, what do you think you would have done instead?
  • Do you think you’re introverted or extroverted? Why do you think that?
  • What are the most important things you’d like to accomplish this year?
  • What is a common misconception people have about you?
  • (If married) What is the secret to your marriage? What advice would you give someone my age who wants to get married one day?
  • If you had to give a TED talk about something you weren’t known for, what topic would you choose?

Stoic Questions

  • What is the best way to live?
  • What do I do about my anger?
  • What are my obligations to my fellow human beings?
  • I’m afraid to die; why is that?
  • How can I deal with the difficult situations I face?
  • How should I handle the success or power I hold?

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