by Sunil Bali, 13-09-15

It’s estimated that over 5 million electric drills were sold last year.

The people that bought the drills didn’t really want a drill. What they wanted was a hole.

Questions are like drills. Answers are like holes.

One of the differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people ask better questions and therefore get better results.

But its not only the questions that you ask which shape your destiny, it’s the questions that you don’t ask of your self and others.

Kids ask endless questions to satisfy their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, but sadly as we grow older the fear of admitting that we don’t know, and the pressure to conform, limit our quest for the truth.

In 1983, John Sculley had just made Pepsi the leading cola drink in the US, so he had no reason to leave Pepsi. That is until he met Steve Jobs, who was so impressed by Sculley that he decided to hire him on the spot.

Sculley was very reticent, until Jobs asked him the question, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?"

For many years I’ve been asking myself the question, "How can I inspire and empower people to live their best lives?" I don’t have all the answers, and keep asking the question, but my writing, speaking and coaching seem to be leaving an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, microscopic mark on the universe.

I’d be interested to know what question(s) you ask more than any other? What do you focus on most often? What’s your life’s obsession?


Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super-calloused fragile mystic vexed by halitosis.

A dietician giving a lecture says to his audience, "Alcohol causes liver failure, sugar causes diabetes, but there is one food which is far more dangerous than both of these combined. Who can tell me what it is?" After a long pause, a man puts his hand up and says, "Is it wedding cake?"