August 27, 2009

What's the best question you've ever been asked?

On twitter I posted a few quotes on questions. After I had just done that, Senia Maymin asked me the following question: "What's the best question you've ever been asked? (You can choose what you mean by 'best')." Hard question, I really had to think about that. Then, after a few minutes I answered: "It was a question asked by a school friend whom I have no contact with anymore. We were about 17 back then. We were sitting with a group of 5 or 6 friends and all of us answered that question. That question, which I think may be the best question I've ever been asked is: "How would you like your life to become?"

What's the best question you've ever been asked?


  1. When I was deciding whether to marry my partner, my best friend asked me: "What would happen if you resisted your resistance?" It was just the right question at the right time and, as a result, I made a decision about a life partner that was outside the box of criteria I had previously considered.

  2. The best question I ask is "How will you know when you have achieved (the thing you want in life)?

    This question associates a person into the state they will have when they have the desired goal.

    Then from that state they can can find themselves thinking and acting in ways that actually create the state.

    I do this with singles who are nervous about going out on a date with a new person. Since the goal is to be able to be in a resourceful state and make a good impression on a new person, its important to establish a positive and confident state before the date.

    To make a positive impression requires a positive state. So I suggest asking yourself "How will you know you are having a good time on the date?"What you be feeling, and how will you hold your body.

    The second question is "How can I have the most fun while getting to know this person on this date?".

  3. One of the best questions is from Dan Pink's book "Drive" in which he quotes Clare Booth Luce one of the first women to serve in the US Congress:

    "What's your sentence?"

    It's a question she asked John F. Kennedy whom she thought was doing too much and might not leave a great legacy as a result.

    The video I linked to above gives a very motivating explanation for why this sentence is so valuable.

  4. Hi Rodney, thanks! out of curiosity: have you answered the question for yourself?


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