Monday Mama Muse: The Two Most Important Questions in the Universe

I’ve mentioned Chris Guillebeau, founder of the Art of Nonconformity before in relation to his advice on writing

I just signed up for his Travel Hacking Cartel program as part of my mission for my husband, kids and I to travel more this year and beyond.

I also signed up again for his newsletter at the Art of NonConformity website and received the following newsletter from him. 

The Two Most Important Questions in the Universe

Hi Sally,

I hope you’re enjoying the introduction to AONC. In this episode: the two most important questions in the universe, and where we’re going next.


I wrote a short report in the summer of 2008 that was downloaded by more than 100,000 people in 60+ countries. The report has a  basic-but-important message: live your life the way you want and help other people at the same time.

It’s called A Brief Guide to World Domination, and if you haven’t read it, you can get your own free copy here:

Among other things, the report includes what I like to call the two most important questions in the universe:

1) What do you really want to get out of life?

2) What can you offer the world that no one else can?These questions are deceptively simple. It takes some people 10 minutes to get their own answers, and other people take years to figure it out.

Regardless of how long it takes you, getting your own answers is critically important. Once you know what you really want to get out of life, it’s not usually that hard to get it — as long as you’re willing to work hard and make some sacrifices. This is why you need to make sure it’s what you really want, more than anything else.

Similarly, many people like the idea of helping others, but they don’t really know how to go about it. They write a check at the end of the year, they buy cookies from the kids who knock on their door, but they can’t get rid of the persistent feeling that they could probably do more.

As I said, finding your own answers takes a while, but it’s worth it. If you’ve read the report and spent some time creating your two answers, you’re welcome to share them with other readers at the bottom of the download page:

You can also send in a postcard with your answers and we’ll post it online for others to see. But you don’t have to do either of those things. It’s more important to make sure that you know the answers. If you know what you want and know how you can help the world, nothing can stop you.

Over the next few updates, I’ll show you how to get what you really want (the answer to the first question) and how to make the world a better place for the rest of us (the second question). Until then, make sure you have your own two answers!

Keep rocking the universe,

I highly recommend Chris’ newsletters so please do take a moment and go to the Art of NonConformity website and sign up for his email series “6 Ways to Change the World”  if this resonates with you.

I’m going to post my answers to these two questions as my Monday Mama Muse post next Monday so look out for them then.  If you care to share your answers, that would be fabulous!


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