One Question

The answers are all around if you ask the right question. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom,” said English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon. Indeed, there are no stupid questions, but some are smarter than others!

Atlanta talk radio host Ken Coleman has harnessed the power of the one-question interview in his new book, One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today's Leading Voices. In it, he pulls wisdom from 36 business leaders, best-selling authors, legendary coaches, respected politicians and even some notorious figures with just a single inquiry for each–covering topics of money, parenting, failure and taking risks.

Naturally, our question for Coleman was how he could possibly pick just one thing to ask the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Pat Summitt, John McCain or Jack Abramoff.

“When you sit down and think about what you’re going to ask, you just realize what really matters to you,” Coleman says. “What do I really want to know about the most? That’s what the process did. It really forced me to outline the values that mattered most to me.”

The book, with its interviews and conversations, is filled with life lessons and inspirational stories–all because Coleman asked one question (obviously a good one).


Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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