Considering that our job is not to give answers, but instead is to guide others toward self-discovery, powerful questioning can make all the difference in an advising session. The list below is a short compilation of questions I’ve collected over time, and concludes with my most recent favorite:
- What do you daydream about the most?
- What have been some of your proudest moments?
- If you wrote a book that could improve the world, what would it be about?
- If you had to go back to school tomorrow, what would you major in?
- What do you want to be known for after you retire?
- If you didn’t have to go to class/work tomorrow but still had to work, what type of work would you do?
- What excites you?
The last question was taken from The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. In the book, Ferriss states that, “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.” He argues that most people will never know what they want and that this question is a more precise alternative that reflects the actual objective. If you have any powerful questions that you often use with students or clients, comment and share below!