Albert Einstein was known as the The Quintessential Question Asker. He often said that he had no special talent, only passionately curious which helped him to be really successful at asking questions. And we need to be the same so that we can make better decisions. However, this does mean that we need to hone our listening skills too! I often find that when I listen with the knowledge that I have to do something with the material, ie learn the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’ and ‘how’ I am much more likely to gain the clarity I require.
But how often do we stop ourselves from asking a question because we feel it may make us look silly or inferior? Abraham Lincoln’s quote comes to mind that ‘it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt’. I prefer to reframe it with the Confucius one below. When we have greater clarity on a subject, we feel much better prepared and surely it’s better to be in possession of all the facts. As Peter Drucker said, ‘Once the facts are clear, the solution jumps out at you!’
As we continue to navigate a period where there’s lots of confusion around, keep asking the questions to make sure you have clarity in your own understanding and are able to make the best decisions for you.