Posted by Pamela Malo on May 22, 2013
Earlier this month I gave a talk at The Sage Colleges. I was sharing about My Non-Traditional Career Path to a group of nutrition students who are nearing the end of their dietetic internship.
In the middle of the presentation, one of the professors asked a question that stopped me in my tracks.
“Do you think you are a risk-taker?” she asked.
It was a simple question. Yet I had no idea how to answer it.
My mind began thinking about some of the decisions I have made- like to quit a comfortable job in corporate America to live and volunteer in Peru. To take a solo trip to Europe and walk across Spain. To fly thousands of feet above above the Great Salt Lake in Utah and, strapped to a stranger’s back, jump out of the plane.
I saw how these things could seem risky, but they didn’t scare me. They felt exciting and resonant. Yet surely there was risk involved. Did one have to feel scared to be taking a risk?
Was I a risk-taker?
The sign of a good powerful question is that stops you in your tracks. The thought you were just engaged in is abandoned, curiosity takes over, and you are guided inward – to dig and dance around inside yourself, looking for an answer.
I love powerful question because of their ability to stretch, shift and shake us up. They are an incredible source of not just information but transformation.
I use powerful questions a lot in my work. They are juicy and fun. And I have seen them change the course of a person’s life.
Today I would like to share one with you.
(Thank you Carole Nemore for sharing this video with me!)
Then, if you are feeling brave, leave a comment and let us know – what would you do?
I’ll go first.