The Weird But Inspiring Questions Successful People Ask Themselves About Their Career


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What questions do you ask yourself when you get up in the morning? Why am I doing this? Why did I stay up so late? Why can’t I just have one more hour in bed?

Yeah, we feel you. But those aren’t the kinds of questions that will give you positive answers. Forbes recently did a piece on the kinds of questions their business coaches recommend you ask yourself if you want to think differently about your career.

1. What if tomorrow were your funeral? 
This one came from Michaela Lindinger (founder and CEO of brain in spa), she recommends asking yourself what you would do if tomorrow you were invited to your own funeral. What would you expect people to say? Would they say you lived your life to the fullest? You did what you loved? Often asking yourself this lets you see your goals more clearly, you might want to be a millionaire but would your funeral reflect the life you’d lived or the money you had?

2. What Would You Do Every Day for Free?
Ariel Lopez, the founder and CEO of 2020 Shift, says you should ask yourself what you would do if money was no object. To be honest, getting up in the morning and going out to work for the rest of your life isn’t just a job it’s a lifestyle. Don’t just do something for the money, although we know you need to survive, but if money wasn’t your motivator – what would you do?

3. Do you hate what you do or do you hate who you do it for?
Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, says that often people ‘hate their job’ until you ask them whether they hate their tasks or their boss. A change of perspective can be the push you need to make you change your career, even if you just move to a different company.

Read the full article on Forbes.


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  • Keshia White

    These are great questions. Sometimes, we fall into the trap of thinking our time is limitless so asking that question helps to really put life in perspective.

  • Ana

    Love the second question. Actually I would write and create for free, but it is never a problem if someone pays me for that so that I can afford a living ;-) xx Ana

  • kmaryam

    Amazing questions to ask ourselves especially on those days where you just don’t want to get out of bed and have zero dose of motivation !

  • Elishia Chave

    What a great idea :) thanks for sharing this. Wouldn’t it be lovely to not have to think about money and just do the things we love! #lifegoals

  • dreamofadventures

    Really inspiring and powerful advice. Thank you for sharing =o)

  • Lindsay L.

    This is such a fantastic idea – althought i have to say that the first question was a real eye opener for me in that it just put everything into perspective for me.
    I’ll be sure to remember these questions if I ever need a bit of inspiration :)


  • Mama Sow

    I think that we should ask ourselves this question not only once when we are young but every time we are dealing with a new phase of our lives :) thank you for this great share!

  • Prerna Bhatt

    Amazing questions! Truly inspiring and motivating article!

  • Camille Beygui

    Great post

  • Sanchari Das

    truly innovative question to ask oneself

  • Kristina

    These are actually some really eye-opening questions.

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  • Alexis

    It’s ironic that an article with a thin veil of telling us not to care about money is published on Forbes hahaha!
    xx Alexis
    YouTube “Travel with Alexis”

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