Interview Questions

Interview Questions:

*Sometime in the future, I am hoping to conduct live interviews, on camera, with these answers and questions, as time allows.

They say:

“A stupid man never learns.  A smart man learns from his mistakes.  A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”

Admittedly, I spent most of my life being stupid.  In my forties (Yes, I’m a late bloomer), I started getting smart.  Finally.  In my late-forties, I have been working on becoming wise.

(*This is an interview I would love to conduct with you every 10 years to see what differences there are in your answers, and what you have learned in the previous 10 years since the last interview which has helped.)

The purpose of this interview is to learn about what has made you wise.  I want to learn from your mistakes, experiences, struggles, and failures, and I want to learn how you overcame your obstacles to become a contributing, successful, stable, happy member of this human experience.  I believe that exposure to these things will help not only myself, but so many others in the world who have the hunger to learn how to not only be wise, but continually progress, improve, and grow.  

This is your chance to share your story the way you want it to be told.  The questions may seem like a lot to ask of you, even overwhelming.  Take them one at a time.  There is no deadline for this small, beneficial project.  It isn’t expected for anyone to sit down and complete all questions in one sitting.  Answer one a day, or one a week.  Take as much time to answer each question as thoughtfully and thoroughly as possible.  The end result of each answer is to help, motivate, inspire, and remind.

The Interview:

  • Can I get an outline of your life? (A brief history/timeline of your family of origin, where and how you grew up, what your mother and father and siblings were like.)
  • What is your current age? What year were you born and where have you lived?
  • What were the most important things you learned during your childhood and earlier years that helped you later in life?  What principles and beliefs were you raised with?
  • What were some challenges or disabilities you experienced and what did you gain or benefit from living with and through these?
  • What were your biggest failures/mistakes in life, and what did you learn from them?
  • Where is your favorite place you have ever been and why?
  • What is your educational background?
  • What jobs/employment have you had? Which was the most fulfilling and why?
  • When you feel frustrated, angry, or out of control, what do you do to quickly and effectively return to your baseline emotion? (How do you, “Self-soothe”?)
  • What is a long-lasting, sustainable contribution you would like to make that lasts long after you are gone, and who do you want it to affect?
  • What are the principles and core beliefs you base your decisions and your life upon now?  Are there any principles or core beliefs that you altered/improved over the years, as you grew, progressed, and improved in your life?  (Old beliefs that didn’t serve you/were harmful vs. New beliefs which benefitted you and those around you a great deal.)
  • What are your favorite 3 quotes and why?
  • Do you have a book list of your favorite, most helpful books? What are the books on your list and what were the most important points from each one?
  • Who were the most important influential people in your life so far? Who do you consider your mentors?  (This can be someone you know personally in your life or someone you have never met.)
  • Who or what has been the biggest, most helpful contributors to your life?
  • Is there anything I have not asked you that you would like to share that you believe could benefit others?
  • What do you believe is the purpose of your life?
  • What is your main wish/desire for the loved ones in your life?  What would you say to each of them if this was your last opportunity to communicate with them?
  • Are there any questions in this interview you would re-word or are there any questions you would add to this interview to make it more helpful and affective?
  • Is there anyone you can send this interview to that you know would add value to your life or the lives of others with their answers? Will you share this interview with them?
  • Do I have your permission to share/publish your interview?

I can’t wait for your response!  I am truly excited for the opportunity to learn from you.

Thank you so much for your contribution.  As Simon Sinek says, “Together is better.”  We, as humans, are all connected.  We all struggle and fail.  We all succeed.  We all have the capability to think, say, or do something helpful.

I want to hear your story.  I can’t wait to hear your story.  Sharing our stories helps us learn and realize so much about ourselves and helps others along the way.

“A stupid man never learns.  A smart man learns from his mistakes.  A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”

Together, may we all continue to struggle and fail our way to wisdom and success.

-Pete Jones

Mindset Matters.

Character Counts.

Please feel free to copy, share, and use any of this material.  Any contribution you can make, any question you can answer, has the creative potential to help others.  

5 Replies to “Interview Questions”

    1. Whatever is most convenient for you! 🙂
      Thank you so much for being willing to take the time to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *