The best questions to ask every successful person you meet
You can learn a lot from talking with successful people. Know which questions to ask to help you reach your full potential in your career.
When did you consider yourself a success?
“People define success differently. For instance, wealth accumulation, increased free time, lifestyle options, and creating social impact are just a few ways that people can define success,” says Zachary A. Schaefer, CEO of Spark the Discussion. This question can yield great insight into others’ values and priorities.
How do you push through your worst times?
“My reason for asking is purely selfish—I want to understand how successful people do it so that I can derive from their experiences in creating my own path of success,” says Holly Rodriguez, chief communications strategist at H-Rod and Associates. And that selfish approach is working.
What keeps you awake at night?
What are your success habits?Realtor and career coach Chantay Bridges says she likes to ask successful people about their daily routines, so she can learn learn about the daily habits and routine steps that help create an environment of success. This question typically reveals things anyone can do as long as they focus and follow through to meet their goals, she explains.
Are you hiring?
What is your favorite TV show?
Professional comedian Dan Nainan likes to ask successful people about their television viewing habits, specifically how much they watch. “The answer is almost always a little to none,” he says. Successful people are out building their empires, traveling the globe, or spending time with loved ones. They don’t have time for Game of Thrones.