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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

Questions to Help You Discover Your True North: Part II

If you follow my blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook page, you’ll notice a constant theme: Discover Your True North. Both leaders and corporations have to develop a True North that follows their unique principles. If you try to ‘fake it until you make it,’ you won’t just be unsuccessful; you’ll also be miserable.

How can you discover your True North so you can take steps to get where you want to go in life? You have to know what your values are and what’s important to you. To that end, I’ve come up with a list of 30 questions to help you find your True North. You shouldn’t answer them all at once, so here’s a few. Take a day to carefully think each one through. Remember, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

  1. What is your biggest regret? If you could go back and have a ‘redo,’ what would you change?
  2. When was the last time you told a lie? Why? What would have happened if you had told the truth?
  3. If you accomplish one thing by the end of the year, what would make the biggest impact on your happiness?
  4. What do you think is the meaning of life? Do you live your life accordingly?
  5. What would others say is your biggest asset? What would they say is your biggest flaw? Be honest.

Find the full list of questions to help you Discover Your True North here.

For more insight and exercises to help you find your True North, read Finding Your True North. It offers a full, comprehensive approach to identify and develop your own unique direction in life.