A great definition I saw for questioning is that questioning enables us to organize our thinking around what we don't know
Morning Pages, 5-Minute Journal or just a separate type of freehand sort of goal dissection. This would be a case where I would ask one of those questions and I would write freehand for say three to five pages and drink some tea as I'm doing it
we really need great questions in order to be able to know what to do with all that information and find out way to the next answer.
A four-year-old girl is asking as much as 300 questions a day and when kids go into school you see this steady decline that happens as they go through the grade levels to the point where questioning in schools by junior high school is almost at zero.
schools we really value the answers and there is almost no value placed on asking a good question.
I often start any project by asking a naïve question. So naïve that most likely you ask these sorts of questions when you were a child, but at a certain age you learn that these were not appropriate.
You have someone asking why isn't someone doing this? What if someone tried to do that? I found that questions are often at the root of innovation
And so very often the dumb question that is sitting right there that no one seems to be asking is the smartest question you can ask
One of the most common patterns that you spot is absurd questions and the power of the absurd question is really something that I've paid a lot of attention to in the last few years. Those types of questions I think are whether it's 10X thinking, 100X, however you frame that could also be a constraint.
in schools we really value the answers and there is almost no value placed on asking a good question.
We are social creatures, hierarchical creatures and we don't want to shame ourselves, humiliate ourselves. But, recognizing that by zigging when everyone else is zagging with that particular context you can actually develop a superpower and that is asking dumb questions.
I think that journaling as an adjunct to asking these questions is very, very important.
For instance, if you had to accomplish all of your work or grow your company 2X while working two hours a week. If you had a gun against your head, how would you attempt to do that.
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