During most of our lives, we run around like headless chooks trying to find Answers for Questions imposed by other people. At school, we Answered Questions from teachers and exam creators. At work, we are trying to Answer Questions from the bosses, fellow workers, customers or board of directors. As we are caught on this "Answering Treadmill", we have forgotten the POWER OF QUESTIONS THAT WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES.
Here is an example from my own life. I left IBM in 1997 to start my first business. It was a simple idea (exporting software made in NZ/Australia to the world) but the business got very complicated, I made a truck load of mistakes and crashed it BIG TIME in 2003, loosing lots of money and all other heartaches that happen when you loose something really important to you. During the period of July 1997 to February 2003, that is 2190 days, I didn't smile. Sad but true.
Then I did a sales job for couple of years to recover financially and emotionally, and got back in to building another business in August 2005. Looking back, this is the most valuable question that I asked myself at that time.
"How can I design another business, so I can work with some amazing minds from NZ and around the world, do something that doesn't feel like work, and somehow make a living doing that ?"
The answer to that question has unfolded over the last three years and now I have a simple business, work with incredibly fantastic people and live a very happy life.
Please feel free to leave a comment with your own story, where you managed to take a break from the "Answering Treadmill" and asked a powerful Question from yourself, and the rewards you gained by doing that.