Posted by: Aakash Barot | February 3, 2011

Question is the Answer

One incredible concept I’ve applied to myself since I was young is my ability to question myself, all my beliefs and my perceptions on life or being alive. To have this ability and retain no hatred or bias is difficult if not impossible; this also got reinforced when I started working for an assessment company. Where I was trying to find reason why customer should buy assessment,
What is assessment and how it helps and so on. In this quest I discovered that what I learnt about the assessment which is nothing but a set of questions is true for me myself – my life also. It’s important we assess our self-timely, effectively and analytically.

So let me start answering to some of the question that might arise from this topic:
Why should we assess our self?
I strongly believed that if you can’t measure you can’t improve. So to improve you must measure where you are, why are you there, what is holding you back and how can you get there where you want to be. Hence asking the right questions to yourself help’s you stay on track. Questions are like wakening call, which alerts you if you have gone wrong somewhere.
But we usually get scared to ask our self some tough questions with fear to get the realization of failure, and tell our self – stories why not to question our self and why it’s time to wait. But we fail to understand that in reality, ignoring question won’t ignore the problem.

Questions don’t only work as check post but also helps you widen your perception.
I always question myself in a debate/conflict/controversy: why does other person think he/she is correct, on the basis of what information he is betting on his point, Is there any information he/she is missing or is there anything I don’t know. Can I try to learn and know what he knows and see if there is scope to change my opinion? Try knowing what he knows, why did he had those beliefs….!!!
There are two outcomes to it: 1. you either get a wider perception, get an opportunity to embrace the reality or you get point on how to defeat that person in the debate/conflict/controversy.

To end with here is a collection of some of the very interesting questions on life, which is worth asking and answering to our self:
1. How old you would be if, you didn’t know how old you are?
2. If you had an opportunity to get a message across large group of people, what would be your message?
3. Is it possible to lie without saying a word? (Silence)
4. If not now than when?
5. What would you do differently if you knew no body would judge you?
6. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go off?
7. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
8. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
9. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
10. When you are of 60 or 80 yrs of age what will matter you most?
11. Do you enjoy and celebrate the things you do have?
12. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than done?
13. When was the last time you tried to do something new?
14. Which activities make you lose track of time?
15. What is difference between living and existing?
16. Time or money?
17. What makes you smile?
18. If you could do all over again, would you change anything?
19. IF you had to teach something, what would you teach?
20. Are you aware that someone has it worse than you do?
21. What would you regret fully doing, being or having in your life?
22. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

Would really like to see some of the answers from you, if you can write in the comment box below along with the reference question no.
Thanks for reading – Keep coming back.
Aakash Barot.


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