In my recent interview with Peter Daniels, he closed out our time together by asking four questions he asks audiences everywhere. I’ve been asked to transcribe those four questions so you could read them and ponder their significance.
Peter Daniels told me that once you start trying to answer these questions, they will expand. The whole point of the exercise is for you to wrestle with the questions, wrestle with yourself and even wrestle with God as Jacob did.
In my book Rainforest Strategy – The Planet’s Most Successful Business Model, I identified 7 areas of life I felt important for all of us to consider setting goals for and I would like to suggest you apply Peter Daniels’ questions to each of these seven areas of life. They form an acrostic that to me suggests how we should live our life. Here are the 7 areas…
Work: Professional / Entrepreneurial dreams
Others: Relationships that matter (family, friends, peers, etc.)
Resources: Tangible assets of any kind (your home, reserves, etc.)
Spiritual walk: Our relationship with the Lord
Health: Our physical well being
Intellect: Education – The knowledge and wisdom you acquire through study
Personal: Recreation, rejuvenation, vacation, etc., to enjoy life along the way.
Now, here are Peter Daniels famous four questions you can apply to each of these areas or if you prefer to any other areas you choose to identify. I warn you though; this is not a 15-minute exercise. You may well apply yourself to these four questions for an entire weekend and not be done, but taking the time to do so will change the course of the rest of your life. Here goes…
1. What age have you set for yourself to reach your full potential that God might maximize your life?
2. Could you tell me in 50 pages or more what your full potential is in every area of your life?
3. Accepting that your full potential is 100%, what percentage rating would you give yourself right now?
4. Accepting the deficiency between the two scores, what plans are you going to make to make up the shortfall and when?
Until next time, Be fruitful and multiply!
Stout! A terrific way to sharpen our axe.
Thanks Hugh! So nice to hear from you again.
You are most welcome Jenny!
I am listening to your audio of 7 Wealth Secrets of the Rainforest. I am also reading your book. So much to think about and learn. I am trying to absorb it and take it all in. These questions from Mr. Peter Daniels will just help me to go further. These principles reach every area of life, they are not just business ideas. Thank you for stretching us and helping us to think deeper and search God’s will more for His vision and direction for our family.
Coming from an 82 year old man, who is as full of sap as any I have heard half his age, I dare say theses questions do unpack! Thank you for transcribing these and including them on the blog. I am reminded of Solomon’s call to the diligent application of spending my youth in seeking to fear God and seeking wisdom, insight and understanding. These questions are the latitude and longitudinal coordinates for finding treasure in this age and the one to come. Bless you, brother!
I think these questions can expand our consciousness of what we can become. I have already wrestled with these questions, but my brain got weary before I was able to answer them all. It requires extraordinary discipline to answer each of them. For someone who is not used to thinking deeply attempting to answer them may strain the brain. But as P.J. Daniels often says, “Success is the ability to endure pain”. I know that in order to succeed I’ll have to answer these questions with all “my heart, soul, and strength”.