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Author: James E. Ryan Narrator: James E. Ryan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062673725
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Joining the ranks of Tina Seelig’s What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Clayton Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life, Mary Karr’s Now Go Out There, and George Saunders’ Congratulations, By the Way comes an insightful guide that reveals the secret to pursuing a rich, fulfilling life: the art of asking (and answering) good questions.

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their mark on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress he told them, can be found in five essential questions:

  • Wait, what?
  • I wonder if . . .
  • Couldn’t we at least?
  • How can I help?
  • What truly matters?

"Wait, what?" is at the root of all understanding. "I wonder" is at the heart of all curiosity. "Couldn’t we at least?" is the beginning of all progress. "How can I help?" is the basis of all good relationships. And "what truly matters?" gets you to the heart of life. By regularly asking these questions, Ryan promises, you will be prepared to enthusiastically answer "Yes" to one final—and, ultimately, most important—question: "And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so?"

In this thoughtful, illuminating book, Ryan builds upon his wildly popular and universally praised address which has been viewed more than four million times online. Wait, What? offers further insights into the art of asking good questions, highlighted by hilarious and surprising anecdotes from Ryan’s personal and professional life, as well as stories from politics, popular culture, and social movements throughout history.

Engaging and inspiring, Wait, What? will change the way you look at yourself and the world, and, in the process, help you get what you want most out of life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jim Ryan promises that asking five simple questions will bring clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and conviction. Why should we believe him? For one thing: he’s right.”

    Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This compulsively readable book is that rare work that will appeal to…any reader interested in hearing wise advice from a charming (and funny) author and, most of all, leading a meaningful life.”

    James Martin, SJ, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions.”

    Clayton Christensen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Required reading…This is the type of book that inspires a cheer on one page and a jeer on the next.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

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About the Author

James E. Ryan is dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, a former law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and the author of one of the premier investigations into segregation in public education, Five Miles Away, A World Apart.