Questions are more important than answers

Why questions are more important than answers

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Most of us are in search of answers.

What if we're looking for the wrong guy? What if we should rather be looking for the right questions?

I love questions myself, perhaps because I have more questions than answers myself.

Unfortunately, questions have a bad reputation in a world that always demands clear positions and answers and exclamation marks, and that's how it's done!

It already starts in school that we should only give answers and ask other questions. If you question you make yourself unpopular, if you ask you make yourself an idiot. "So Kevin, if you still haven't understood that, please sit in the corner and read your math book with colored pencils instead of stopping the others!"

We lose interest in questions, are afraid of them and that they make us look weak or insecure. And when we ourselves Asking questions, often those that are of little help - for example, I've spent significant parts of my life with this magnificent selection:

  • What do the others think of me?
  • Why is it so much easier for others? What's wrong with me
  • What if my work - my podcast, for example - is so boring that people fall asleep, mothers throw their babies out of their arms and motorists drive down the pedestrian walkways?

So many of us have to (re) teach ourselves the art of asking the right questions. This is important for a variety of reasons.

Questions indicate the direction in which we think - our brain works like Google and almost always delivers some kind of results. And because thoughts are so important, of course they also decide whether our life is cool or lousy.

Voltaire said that one should judge a person's wisdom less by his answers than by his questions.

Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would spend the first 55 minutes just trying to find the right question ... because once I had that, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes. ”A question brought him to his groundbreaking theory of relativity: What if I were to ride a ray of light through the universe?

Newton asked: "Why does an apple fall from a tree but the moon doesn't fall on the earth?" ... which, by the way, is something that I still don't understand and makes me skeptical, that's why I usually wear a hard hat in the evenings.

Darwin: Why are there so many species in the Galapagos Islands that cannot be found anywhere else?

The head of Google, Eric Schmidt, says: “We run our company with questions, not with answers.” And Airbnb arose from the question: Why should someone not have a place to sleep in a strange city when there are still sofas free everywhere?

While the wrong questions keep us small and restrict us, the right ones can set us free and bring us up with incredibly great new ideas, stimulate, provoke, inspire us, for example these here:

  • When all is said and done - will you have said or done more?
  • What are you running away from ... and what do you need to end the escape?
  • What do you love yourself for?

Thinking means asking questions. Good questions, good thinking. Good thoughts, good feeling, good life.

This text is an excerpt from the first episode of the myMONK podcast "7 questions that changed my life" ... and which might also help you:

More under Be like the ugly old tree and under Be like the lame old turtle.

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