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The Power of Essential Questions

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Excerpted with permission from the Introduction of “The Miniature Guide to the Art of Asking Essential Questions” by Linda Elder & Richard Paul It is not possible to be a good thinker and a poor questioner. Questions define tasks, express problems, and delineate issues. They drive thinking forward. Answers, on the other hand, often signal a full stop in thought. Only when an answer generates further questions does thought continue as inquiry. A mind with no questions is a mind that is not intellectually alive. No questions (asked) equals…

Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

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Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

Guest Post by Paul Sloane Here are five short questions that you should ask yourself at the end of every day.  They might help you to become a better and more successful person: 1.  What was the best thing that happened to me today? What was it that made you particularly proud, happy or grateful? Was there a moment of joy or accomplishment? Relive the feeling for an instant. We want more of those moments in our lives so let’s just think about something really positive and build on that.  Too often we…

Have You Been Busy?

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In our American Culture what is the expected answer whenever you are asked: “Have you been busy?” You are 100% correct – the expected answer is “Wow – have I ever!”  We wear “Busy” as our “Badge of Honor!”  As our proof of “Worthiness!” Have you ever felt that if you responded with “No – not really!” that you would therefore be confessing “I am a complete failure – I am worth nothing”? We have all heard and embraced the…

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