From the September 2009 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

September 1, 2009

The Three Questions

The signature exercise that Kinder's Institute of Life Planning conducts at its workshops to help an individual discover what's most important to them is to ask themselves the three questions, that go more or less like this:

1. Assume you've got all the money you need. What would you do with it? How would you live?

2. You see your doctor who diagnoses a rare illness in which you'll be just fine for five years and then you will suddenly, painlessly, die. How will you live those five years?

3. You see your doctor and he says you only have 24 hours to live. What did you miss? Who did you not get to be? What did you not get to do?

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