“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” (Anthony Robbins)
I once asked one of the pupils of the late Dr. Edwin Friedman why his teacher was so effective as a Family Therapist. His answer was telling.
“Ed Friedman was a rabbi. And rabbis tend to deal in questions rather than answers. I like to ask questions because they lead to better questions.”
One of the secrets of life is to ask the right questions of life, of people, of literature. It’s known that one secret to successful comprehension of a book is that one must ask the right questions of the book. You don’t ask of a science text, say A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking), what you would of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
Here are some helpful questions you should be asking yourself:
- What do I really want from my life? Corollary is do I know what it is to want versus having a passing interest in a thing?
- Who do I spend the most time with? And is this helping me or hurting me? “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn)
- Am I simply going with the flow of interest and information that floods the news and social media? Or do I take the time to get to the truth and separate as much fact, fiction and bias as I can?
There are other questions. These will get us started. More in the coming blogs.
Friedman’s Fables (Edwin H. Friedman)
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren)