Laura Steward’s best selling book What Would a Wise Woman Do? Questions to Ask Along the Way starts with a question, so it’s not surprising that she titled her popular Voice America Radio Show: “It’s About the Questions”.
Laura loves questions and her book is peppered with her practical advice, personal experience and questions that readers can ask to improve their lives.
In this episode, we talk about some of Laura’s favorite questions and consider why, given the power of questions, many people choose not to ask them. Or, sometimes worse yet, they ask questions so they can keep the answers they already have. This, according to Laura, is a formula for staying on autopilot.
I launch the episode with a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, one of my all time favorites, from the book Letters to a Young Poet:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
More about Laura
Laura operates from a simple philosophy – “Treat people better than they expect to be treated”, and it is from this belief that she was able to carve her niche and stand out in the highly competitive IT field. She built Guardian Angel Computer Services from a sole employee business into a leading multi-state provider of Managed Technical Services.
Laura’s been a question-asker all her life, and Laura used the answers she received to build, and fifteen years later to sell, Guardian Angel Computer Services, and then start Wisdom Learned, LLC, a company dedicated to educating leaders based on experience and wisdom learned in the trenches. In addition to her writings and radio show, Laura is a keynote speaker, trainer and coach.