Universal Questions

Recently I distilled the common questions I have asked during hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted during my career. Here are the top 10.

  1. Why do you do what you do?
  2. What makes your contributions unique?
  3. How have you helped others?
  4. What are your motivations?
  5. If you could be better at something, what would it be?
  6. Who are your heroes and what makes them great?
  7. What keeps you up at night?
  8. What activities make you happy?
  9. How do your fans describe what makes you good at what you do?
  10. What does success look like?
  11. If you suddenly couldn’t do what you do now, what would you do?
  12. What’s next?

A Deeper Dive: What are your core values? How do you want to be remembered? How do you prioritize your time? What are your biggest accomplishments? What is your biggest regret? Who has been the biggest influence in your life? What advice would you give to someone starting out in your field? What would you do differently if you could go back and do it again?

These questions are great for self reflection. They also help us better understand others.

Have you thought about how you would answer these questions? If you don’t feel like you’re manifesting your purpose, what are you willing to do to get closer to the dream?

It all starts with answering these questions truthfully. Candor helps you engage in the work that will help you get there. And more importantly, why do those answers matter to you? When you know your purpose, the details become clear. You’re able to engage and make a contribution that is unique and special because it comes from a place of service and love. The old chestnut, “Victory does not always favor the fastest, the strongest or the smartest, but leans toward those who can keep moving,” is still valid in today’s world.

Things change. Our vision evolves with experience and wisdom. Keep defining, clarifying and reaching for meaningful goals, one step at a time.

Focus rewards the persistent.