“The Important Thing is Not to Stop Questioning” – Albert Einstein
When did you stop asking questions?
I’m not sure how many of you have a small child at home, but I do and I can attest to the fact that he asks no less than 100 questions per day, every day. While it can be a tad irritating when you start going down the rabbit hole of him saying “why” to everything I say, I’ve come to the realization that it’s my duty to foster that curiosity.
I’ve become fascinated by the notion that at some point we all had that curious nature that made us ask questions and dive deeper into learning. But there had to be a tipping point where we started to just blindly accept that the things being told to us or the things we read were fact and shouldn’t be questioned.
If you want to easily unlock opportunities to make change, than you all you need to do is ask “Why?”
This one question forces an immediate reflection into what you’re doing and if the purpose is beneficial.
The inability or lack of desire to ask questions ensures that things remain status quo and puts an immediate road block in front of development. You owe it to yourself to revert back to the four year old child inside you and start asking “why?”.
If not, you commit to forming assumptions based on what other people are telling you. One of my favorite quotes from Gary Vaynerchuk is:
“If you want to be an anomaly, you have to act like one.”
Ask your question and you might feel like a fool in the short term, or don’t ask your question and you may remain ignorant forever.