Harvard Dean Lists the 5 Essential Questions to Ask In Life … Which Will Bring You Happiness & Success

And now for a dif­fer­ent kind of grad­u­a­tion speech.

Most com­mence­ment speech­es pro­vide answers of sorts–pieces of wis­dom you can car­ry with you, life strate­gies you can use down the road. Above James Ryan, Dean of Har­vard’s School of Edu­ca­tion, offers some­thing else–not answers, but ques­tions, the five essen­tial ques­tions to ask as you move through life. He elab­o­rates on each above:

1.) Wait, what?

2.) I won­der, why/if?

3.) Could­n’t we at least?

4.) How can I help?

5.) What real­ly mat­ters?

Bonus ques­tion: And did you get what you want­ed out of life, even so?

You can watch Ryan’s com­plete com­mence­ment speech here.

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