Why. 为什么。

The word ‘Why’ usually ends with a question mark.

In Mandarin, the translation for ‘Why’ is actually made up of 3 characters, Wèi shé me. It literally means ‘for what’.  In other words, ‘what are you doing this for?’.  It brings a sharper focus doesn’t it? The perspective to the question asked becomes starker.

What if we tried something different?  What if we started using the word only with a full stop at the end. Just as Simon Sinek says, always start with why.  In other words, have the answers to all your whys before you set sail. Whatever you do, the attitudes you take, the relationships you build, try and start with that powerful word.  What are we doing this for? What are we sacrificing to attain this?

Not knowing our whys mean we have to navigate through our path of life without a compass, unsure and afraid. Knowing them brings direction, motivation and inspiration.