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Key Questions-and-Answers from Small Business Owners

What are the Key Questions of life?

Immanuel Kant.  The great philosopher, Immanuel Kant, reduced the big questions to four:  "Who am I?  Where did I come from?  Where am I going?  And, what is the meaning and value of my life?"

Shakespeare.  For William Shakespeare's Hamlet, it was, "To be or not to be?" And, it is true that you have to will to be.

Hippocrates says,  Life is short.  Art is long...  It begs the question, "How do I   make my life more of an art?"  Yet, the actual comment by Hipocrates is:  Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile.   Translation:  Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.”  He has an entire philosophy of life in this pithy comment known as an aphorism.

It is your turn. So, begin with Hippocrates' first two comments.  Most of us over 50 would agree that life is short.  To give it breadth, depth, and length (duration), we could try to make it an art.   Yet, what is art?   And then, perhaps each of us should ask ourselves, "What is my art?"

The practical.  Some people ask rhetorically, "Isn't life just one big problem solving exercise?"  And, it does seems to be true that if you are not solving the problems, then you are probably part of the problems. 

Your questions are the most important.

1.  Cultivate your questions.   Get a journal, a blank book,  and cultivate all your questions about yourself, about others, and about life.   Write them down. 

Now, on each page, begin to answer the questions.  That is your primary blank book. Make the first ten pages, MY KEY QUESTIONS. 

All of us should be cultivating 100-to-200 key questions about life.  Start secondary blank books for your more detailed answers to each of your biggest questions.  Within a year begin highlighting what you believe are the most important questions and  answers. 

Yes, you are now writing your life story.

2.  Cultivate your answers.   Your answers are the most important part of your being.  Cultivate them.  Ask secondary questions.  Go deeper.  Leave no stone unturned.  Seek out experts and mentors. 

3.  Do not be afraid to ask the most difficult questions.   Surely we all should add  Immanuel Kant's four basic questions to our list.  These are lifelong questions that need to be reviewed frequently, and certainly annually.

4.  Usually the answers do not change, the depth of the questions do.  You change and evolve because you take more into your being.  You take more into your will to live.  Answers to questions do transform and move people into deeper, higher, brighter, and even sometimes darker spaces.  It is OK to learn  about one's darkside so light can be brought to the details and the darkness will never be quite so dark again.

Here are just two of over twenty categories of questions. There are over 1000 videos and hundreds of key questions to explore. For more, on the homepage, go to "Search By..." and select "Question" and choose your question category.

Start a Business

How do I get my first job/contract/sale?

How do I get started in business?

How do I spot an opportunity?

How do I increase my net worth?

How do I know if I could start a business?

How do I minimize my risk?

How do I survive the first year?

How do you start a business?

What kind of business should I start?

Why is the type of business you start important?


Growing pains

How do I keep growing?

Should I take a partner?

What do I do when I am stuck?

How do I stand out in the crowd?

What does the phrase "success breeds success" mean to you?


What is the path to wealth?


How do I grow my business?

How do I keep going when I want to quit?

How do I keep on growing?

How do I know if I'm doing good?

How do I stay competitive?

How were they able to buy their competition?

How do I keep customers coming back?

Should you operate a business from home?

How do I keep good employees?