As a New York Times bestselling author and the literary genius behind Esquire magazine’s “What I’ve Learned” column, Cal Fussman has learned a thing or two about the power of asking good questions.

Good questions can lead to greater understanding. They can strengthen relationships and elevate leadership. They can even get you to the most powerful person on the planet, something Fussman learned at just 7 years old after sending one in a letter to the President of the United States (and receiving a reply).