Questions Matter


"Unfortunately, many people are so eager to formulate the proper answer and then begin implementing it that we often forget to take into account whether the right question may be asked." - Clayton M. Christensen

We have all heard the maxim, "Ask a foolish question - obtain a foolish answer." Where it is usually said in jest, there is certainly still much truth to be had there. The type of questions i hear you ask will determine the type of answer you will get. Proper questioning is absolutely one of the most powerful and useful tools we've in the learning process. Many of us ask questions to others or to ourselves. Your brain processes hundreds of thousands of questions every single day. They can range from things to eat for breakfast to what's the meaning of life. Here's another one, if you ask a lot of questions, wouldn't the question your brain has got to answer matter?

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Tony Robbins, well-known author and speaker put it this way, "Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and thus, they get better answers." So what exactly is a better question? Better questions are merely ones that will give you the answer you truly need. They inspire, motivate and make you think. A better question will encourage and move you. It does not depress, discourage or devalue you.

Many success-minded people face two key problems within their search for self-improvement. One is they feel they must always have an answer. When the children were growing up, I take advantage of to tell them they could always ask me any question they wanted. Only did not know the answer, I'd personally make one up. To this day, they are discovering that don't assume all I told them was. For us, that was a fun game we had, nevertheless for many, it is the reality of life. They're so concerned with through an answer they will make it up rather than say they do not know. We have all experienced this in everyday life and to this day we have been finding that not all i was told is really true.

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This practice of giving answers are derived from our thinking that to question questions is foolish or causes us to be look stupid. Actually, the opposite is true. Only the foolish do not inquire. Baseball great Tom Connelly said, "He who asks a matter may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks an issue remains a fool forever."

Questions help us to learn and to are more creative and productive. Maybe you have noticed that people who tend to have all the answers do little with their former lifestyle? It is the questions we ask that open new and exciting doors for us to go through.

"It is better to know many of the questions than all the answers." - James Thurber

One other problem we face is always that many of us do not know how you can ask good questions. Sadly, i was not taught this in college. We were given information (most of which was incorrect) and our responsibility was to learn the information, not to question it. We've got developed a culture the location where the dream of being anything to be has been substituted with, "Do what I say. I realize better." Adults and children alike are criticized and belittled to be creative or asking way too many questions. We are told to believe our side the lamp and yet placed in a reduced box all the time. Education has gone from learning to being told what things to think.

I am not against education. I believe we should all learn as much as we can for the rest of our life. The thing is that the system we are in does not educate. We have been taught facts, what happened in the past and what can be carried out. Real education is teaching visitors to think. Question the facts, think of new things and find out the unknown. More will be done with a little imagination that with a lot of learning. As Albert Einstein said, "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

I would like to talk about some techniques to excite your thinking and questioning. They are a few ideas for finding out how to ask yourself better, more inspiring questions which will allow you to soar above the crowd and display the creative genius that every human kind were born with.

Consider, "What am I not seeing?"

One of the most restrictive statements people make is, "I'll accept it when I see it." Or you'll always find those who smugly say, "I don't believe in anything I can't see with my own eyes." That's just foolish. Life's full of things we feel and never see. Truly success-minded folks are more likely to ask the question, "What do I am not seeing?" Precisely what are you missing? What's happening behind the scenes or hidden from common sight? The question, "What am I not seeing?" lets you explore new possibilities and replace limited thinking with imagination and creativity. This query will allow you to see precisely what is really happening in a situation. You can explore the chances that what appears to be the problem is not really the challenge. These are the discoveries which make the difference between standing still and true success.

Often there is an element of risk in showing that interest. One is that you may not receive the answer you are looking for. I've often told those who I have coached "Don't ask questions you really do not want solutions to." What I mean by this is not to stop communicating with them, but to understand that the answer may be more difficult then the question. Asking quality questions means taking action when you find an answer or in order to find an answer. If you see what needs to change, you now have the responsibility to do something about it. I believe it is the fear of being forced to take action and responsibility that triggers many not to inquire. Sadly, when it comes to success, ignorance is not bless.

Ask "What if" questions

Those who have had children, existed children or been a child, knows the frustration how the question "Why?" can cause. My oldest daughter Beth, when she concerned three years old, was filled with questions. Each day on the walk, she would hit me with deep philosophical questions like, "What supports the sidewalk up?" "Where do worms sleep?" "Where carry out the stars go in the daytime?" To start with, these questions will be funny little exchanges we could have. After a time however, in truth, they made me nuts! Used to do later come to recognize that they were in fact great questions. This is the way a child learns. They question everything. What we should see as foolish is actually vital information for them. Can you see how by teaching children only what we want them to know keeps them from learning what they desire to know? In time, and you need little more evidence of this than just taking a look at our youth, they stop communicating with them and in the end they stop learning.

Suppose, we helped our youngsters find answers to those questions? What if, we inspired adults to begin asking "silly" questions and helped them to find answers? Let's say, that idea you have had floating inside your brain for so long came into being? What if, that dream you've had for your life was achieved? Imagine if, you could not fail with the goals you have forever and career? Let's say, is one of the most powerful of all questions because if demands you to think in order to find a solution. Facts and opinions cannot answer the issue of what if. Only imagination, creativity and good old curiosity can answer that question. 18th century English writer, Samuel Johnson said, "Curiosity is among the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."

"There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of the child that the discourses of men." - John Locke

Ask yourself, "How can this be done differently?"

I really enjoy seeing, people tend to do things exactly the same over and over again. Even when those activities do not work or are hard. We all know the Einstein definition of insanity: to do the same in the same way and expect spun sentences. Success-minded people have a habit of seeing something and saying, "How can this be done better?" A fantastic example of this was the truly amazing Thomas A. Edison. Almost all of his fortune appeared not from new inventions but from taking items that already excised and which makes them better.

Just as lots of people feel they have to offer an answer all the time, many also feel that they must always take a step new. If they think of an idea, it must be new and don't done before. Consequently, they cannot come up with ideas. The number of have had the idea for a new product that will save people time and expense in their daily life. They sit down on the idea only to go to the store and find it in stock. What do they do then? They never it's similar to again. So much sheds due to a lack of imaginative thinking.

The higher way to approach things is as simple as the simple question, how can this be made better? What can be done differently? What is missing that produce this more useful and desirable? A great deal of what we see available today are improved things not interesting things. Look how fast technology changes. It's not at all because there is something new but because what is there is something improved on. R&D departments spend millions on how to improve on products once they go on the market. Why? If you do not improve your own products, another person will.

This principle relates to life as well. What in your lifetime is not working as along with you would like it to? How could you improve it and make it better? What are you not doing that needs to be done? What are you doing you'll want to stop? These questions can help you to move forward and to find productive answers. Don't ask unproductive questions like, "What am I doing wrong?" "Why can't I get this right?" You don't to know what not to do. You've got that down pretty well. You should find out what you can do. See how to move forward and forget what would not work.

Ask yourself, "Why not?"

Today, more than any time in history, success-minded people are aware that impossible is not a reason behind lack of success. People perform impossible every day. One and only thing that is impossible it to have success with an impossible mindset. Absolutely nothing is impossible to the male or female who is willing to give your very best, ask good questions and grow with something until they achieve. Check around you. Everything you see was impossible sometime in people's minds. On the other hand, everything you see was simple to someone who was prepared to go after it.

One of many great things about allowing your imagination to imagine things are possible, is it will never think situations are impossible again. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "A mind that is stretched by a new experience cannot go back to its old dimensions." Success-minded people realize that just because something will not be done before does not necessarily mean it cannot be done. In fact, if someone has used it, even if they failed, it indicates that the idea is there. Where there are ideas, impossible the unexpected happens.

"Take the attitude of an student, never be too large to ask questions, don't know too much to learn something new." - Og Mandino

Time for questions is now. Not the time for answers. Answers happen only once there are questions. Be brave. Have courage. Be inclined to ask the question which is deep inside. The world requires great imaginative thinkers who aren't afraid of asking difficult questions. Let me close with a few quick questions for you. What is whatever you read here could actually work for you? What if you could discover answers to the questions you have forever been unwilling to ask? Why can't you function as one to change the world? Why can't your idea or invention work? Imagine if you could not fail? How would you act? Go do it!

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