“The most successful people in life are the ones who ask questions. They’re always learning. They’re always growing. They’re always pushing.”
When you ask a question, your brain fires off a bunch of neurons to find answers, seek patterns, take in data and make decisions. It is wired to seek and find solutions. So, the second a question is posed, the brain starts sorting through a Rolodex of relevant information in search of the answers. It flips through memories and emotions, visual cues and explicit memory.
Over the years, Mr How and Mr Why learned that there are five questions in particular that the most successful people ask themselves. These are fundamental questions that lead to all the other important questions people ask.
The five questions are: Who, What, Where, When, and Why?
Who am I?
Before you can be successful in life, you have to know who you are. Because as you become successful, many people will want you to become something you’re not. As the demands of life grow, if you’re not careful, your freedom declines.
What do I love?
What you love will also define success for you. For some, family is success. For others, it’s a thriving business. By understanding what you love, you can adjust your priorities accordingly and achieve your definition of success.
Where can I grow?
Successful people push themselves to grow with asking questions. How can you become a better partner in business and in life? How’s your health? Are you exercising and dieting? What are your financial goals for the next year? How can you achieve them? Questions like these lead to establishing goals that push you past your comfort zone, allow you to grow, and help you become successful.For example, instead of saying: “Why am I not successful?” “You may ask: “What can I do today to become more successful?” And, feel your brain and behavior moving to the launch pad.
When should I act?
We should always be moving forward with our goals and financial education, but prudent people also plan, and they do so with the help of advisers. As the old proverb goes, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Why am I doing this?
The most successful people are mavericks who aren’t afraid to ask why, especially when everyone thinks it’s obvious.
Successful people cut through the clutter and details of life to see clearly why they are doing something or why something should be done.