5 Essential Questions for Success

By Jordyn Austin on April 24, 2017

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James E. Ryan’s Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions is now a New York Times best-seller, according to a recent press release. As Ryan spoke to Harvard’s graduating class of 2016, he gave some unique advice to the fresh graduates. He explained to the students that there were five important questions on the road to happiness and success. His speech became very popular and spread very quickly with millions of views. The commencement address can be found here.

Here is a link to the book and where you can buy it if you are interested in being one of the million readers it has. Here you can also find an interview with Dean Ryan on CBS This Morning news where he discusses a little about the book.

James Ryan is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, with many more credentials to his name. Before becoming a dean at Harvard, Ryan was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. Here he founded the Law and Public Service program.

Ryan has another book titled Five Miles Away, A World Apart, not to mention honorary achievements from Yale and the University of Virginia Law School. Ryan is now married with four children, two dogs, two cats, and nine chickens in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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Ryan’s book offers insight into asking good questions and how those questions and answers contribute to the overall success of your life. The book includes humorous stories about his life and stories from social movements, popular culture, and politics. The press release explains that the book will certainly change the reader’s perception about the way we ask and think about questions.

These are typical questions that you may ask throughout your everyday life, but the book introduces a fresh new depth into these yet powerful questions. This is an excerpt taken from the press release about the five essential questions:

“1. Wait, what? is at the root of all understanding.
2. I wonder . . . ? is at the heart of all curiosity.
3. Couldn’t we at least? is the beginning of all progress.
4. How can I help? is the basis of all good relationships.
5. What truly matters? gets you to the heart of life.”

Kent State University Journalism graduate student, aspiring to become a traveling multimedia journalist. I enjoy writing, coffee shops, aesthetics, singing and creating. "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart" - William Wordsworth

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