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Ten Questions Plus Six Words: The 10Q Project Returns

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

By Larry Smith

SMITH Magazine is pleased to once again bring the power of brevity to 10Q, a user-generated project we love—one inspired by the traditional ten days of reflection between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. And you don’t have to be Jewish to love 10Q. The project is a great way for anyone to look back at the year that’s past, look ahead at the year to come, and take stock.
It works like this: Login to the 10Q site and answer one question a day in your own secret 10Q space. One year later, your answers will be sent back to you for private reflection. From there, you can decide to keep your answers private or share them with the world. For the second year, 10Q is adding an 11th Q with SMITH Mag: “In just six words, what will the next year bring to your life or the world overall?”

Turns out some of your Six-Word wishes for the world from 2010’s 10Q came true (”Same sex marriage will see headway”), while others were just too much to ask for (”Jersey Shore cancelled; vampires less cool”). On a more personal level, we can only hope that such aspirations as “Words like lust will be fulfilled” and “I’m going to kick-ass swing dancing” took flight. The beauty of 10Q is that only the writers of last year’s six-word predictions such as, “Parents will disown me. Then forgive” and “More anxiety, but more adventure, too” actually know what unfolded in the twelves months since those words were entered into a simple online form. But for all of us, taking a few minutes to answer the simple 10Q questions over the next ten days, and then revisiting our responses one year from now might reveal more about ourselves, and those nearby, then we may know.

Head over to the 10Q site to participate.

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