When Just Do the Right Thing founder Brian Faught found himself in the heartbreaking position of being a noncustodial parent to his daughter, Tori, after his divorce from her mother, he wanted to find a way to stay connected with Tori daily. He wanted to make sure his voice would remain a strong, loving, consistent influence in his three-year-old girl’s life even when they were apart.
That’s when he started asking her questions he devised as a “game” to teach her the values he wanted to instill in her young heart and mind. He would ask her a question every day; in person when she was spending time with him, and by phone when she wasn’t.
Playing “The Question Game” soon became a beloved routine for Brian’s family, which later expanded to include his second wife, Stacey and their son, Grayson. The questions enriched the Faught family’s relationship and opened the lines of communication. Most importantly, the questions accomplished Brian’s initial goal of teaching his kids what it takes to be successful in life.
As Brian, a frequent motivational speaker, began to mention his unique parenting strategy to participants at seminars across the country, “The Question Game” became as much a point of interest as the business presentations he was giving! Attendees would come up to him after the meetings and ask for “that list of questions” he had mentioned. He gladly obliged, and the demand for the helpful information made him soon realize that the concept might be even bigger than he had originally thought.
One question kept coming to his mind: Could the list of questions and answers really have merit and application outside his own family and the families of his colleagues?