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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

Questions to Help You Discover Your True North: Part III

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 to begin. 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 did you like to do when you were 10 years old? When was the last time you did that activity?
  2. What do you love most about your current job? What do you wish you could do more of?
  3. What do you think you were put on this earth to learn? What were you put here to teach?
  4. What keeps you awake at night when you should be sleeping? What gets you out of bed in the mornings?
  5. List your core values. Use your company’s mission statement to list its core values. Do they match up?

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.