Pondering Questions is One of the Best Ways to Learn About the Real You

If you do not know yourself, you are living the unexamined life.

John Halstead
4 min readApr 1, 2022


Socrates warned us that the unexamined life is not worth living.

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I have written and we have covered the importance of living a life of purpose and meaning.

Living life with purpose and meaning will require that you be a service to others.

I have found that when I am helping others I am at my highest level of happiness and contentment.

As we learn and live from a source of purpose we discover who we really are. And to do that, we must get to know well a single person. That single person is you. You have spent your life together but I am willing to wager that with few exceptions that you hardly know yourself.

We are talking about something much greater and of higher consequence. We are talking about who you are at your core, what most matters to you, what makes you come alive, what feeds your soul and what drains your spirit, and how to know the difference so you choose well as you move forward in life.

Too many of us cannot give a solid answer to the question who are you.

And that is too big a risk to take, so shall we eliminate the risk altogether? We are going to make it a certainty that you live in alignment with who you are not by accident or luck, but rather on purpose, by intention, by design.

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How? By getting to know yourself really well. One way to do that is to learn your values, passions and goals. Another is to ask the right questions.

How to Get to Know Yourself: Questions to Self-Discovery

Here are just 29 questions that open the door to having a real conversation with yourself. I want to ask you to answer these questions honestly for yourself.

When you are ready to do this, copy these questions into a text document, quiet all outside distractions, take a few deep…



John Halstead

I grew up in New York, lived in Vermont for a decade, and then moved to Texas for twenty years. I am currently a school teacher a blogger and a podcaster.