Self-reflection is one of the most important keys to understanding yourself and finding out what you want out of your life. And when it comes to self-growth, you can ask questions to help you further develop yourself, both personally and professionally, to reach your goals and attain higher success.
According to this article on Forbes, Steve Jobs asked himself one profound question that took Apple from near bankruptcy to a $1 trillion company.
In 1985, Jobs was fired from Apple, the very company that he started. But in a twist of events, Jobs managed to get back to Apple in 1996 when his company NeXT was bought by Apple.
However, at that time, Apple was at the brink of bankruptcy and had only 90 days of cash left in the bank.
And so, Jobs was forced to turn things around quickly and to get the company back on track. He asked himself this one question that helped the company got back its focus and profit:
Who is Apple and where do we fit in this world?STEVE JOBS
By answering the question, Jobs and his team got rid of most of the stuff that the company was trying to sell at that time. They ended up focused on the gems, which were roughly 30% of the company’s total product line.
This led the team went on to create the company’s iconic “Think Different” campaign and set it on a path to become one of the most valuable public company in the world.
That’s not all. In his Stanford commencement speech, Jobs also said that every morning, he asked himself one question that changed his life. This was what he said in his speech:
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Again, Jobs asked himself questions to help him discover what he wanted to do in his life.
Asking yourself questions can be powerful and life-changing, which is especially true when you ask the right questions.
In fact, we are constantly asking ourselves questions in our heads…
- “What should I do now?”
- “How can I do this?”
- “Should I lunch at X or should I just cook myself?”
- “What should I order? Mocha or latte?”
- “Should I read this article?”
So, when it comes to self-growth and understanding yourself, asking the right questions helps tremendously.
Do you want to grow and improve yourself every day? Do you want to align what you do each day with your inner values? Hence, ask yourself these 10 self-growth questions below…
1. “What was I doing last year?”
Asking this question can be fun. It helps you to identify where you were last year and helps keep this year in perspective.
When you look back at what you have gone through, you can tell the difference between the past and the now. This allows you to take note of what has gone wrong and what has been right.
Thus, it gives you an idea of what you need to do to avoid the mistakes you have been making, and at the same time, allows you to focus and do the things that are right this year.