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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

Questions to Help You Discover Your True North: Part IV

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 skills do people frequently compliment you on? These may not be what you think you’re best at.
  2. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would you say?
  3. What do you not want others to know about you? Use your answer to find and conquer insecurities.
  4. List the five people you interact with most frequently (not necessarily friends). How is each helping you to reach your goals (or not)?
  5. If yourself from ten years ago met you today, would he/she be impressed with where you’ve gotten? Why or why not?

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.