If you could sit down and talk with anyone you wanted, who would it be? And what would you ask them?
But, why wait to ask of someone you may never meet? Why not ask those same questions to the person you sit next to everyday? Why not ask those questions to an expert in a field you want to know more about, your boss, your friend, someone you want to be your friend?
Aren’t we all innately curious? What caused us to stop asking all the questions we want to ask? Is it a fear of looking silly, or being in a “less powerful position?” Isn’t that silly? Wouldn’t we know more by asking more?
I bet your wondering, “What would you ask?” Here are some of my favorites:
Tell me your story?
What is it that drives you each day? What are you passionate about?
Which is worse, failing or never trying?
What makes you angry? Happy?
What’s one thing you really want to do, but haven’t done yet? Why?
What are the biggest challenges you have faced? Biggest mistakes and/or wastes of time?
Who/what company have you found to be one of the best examples in the XYZ industry?
How did you design your company/product/etc., and why did you build it that way?
What are your favorite instructional resources on the subject/industry/etc.? Books, websites, journals?
If you were to train someone and only had one week, what would you train them on? What would be in the training manual?
What is your favorite question?