YOU NEED TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, THIS IS WHY

YOU NEED TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, THIS IS WHY

By Victor Uyanwanne

 

Asking The Right Questions

This post is about asking questions. So why don’t I begin by asking you these questions? All right? Thank you!

“Are you asking questions as you should?” Secondly, “Are you asking the right questions?” Furthermore, “Are you asking the right people?” Are you satisfied with status quo? Don’t you wish for a positive change?

Somebody somewhere has the right answer to the question you might have on your mind. Just ask! I believe that if you ask the right kinds of questions, you will get the right kinds of answers provided you ask the right kinds of people.

I may probably not know how you feel about asking questions. But if you are like me, asking the right questions at the right time should not be considered an out-of-place thing.

Excuse Me Please! Cure Your ignorance, Ask Questions

As someone rightly observed, “questions are one of the most powerful methods for gaining real insight and understanding…” 

The questions you ask reveal what matters to you. The questions you don’t ask which you are supposed to ask also speak volumes about you.

A notable French historian and philosopher, Voltaire, once said “judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Therefore my candid suggestion is that if you don’t want to wallow in ignorance, please imbibe the good habit of asking relevant questions.

Ignorance is temporary affliction
Cure for ignorance

Some people desire answers but somehow loathe asking questions. You should know better! Sincerely speaking I learn by questions, so I asked a lot of them as appropriate. That’s me!

I am not saying that I have fully arrived on the habit of asking perfect questions and getting perfect answers. But my experiences so far have shown me that the knowledge and insights gained in the process of asking needful questions have placed me on a veritable pedestal I could not have otherwise attained if I didn’t ask relevant questions at the right times.

When it comes to asking questions, there is always room for improvement!

There is only one way to get started on the path of asking questions. Begin now!

Well, I concede that it may not always be smooth sailing when it comes to asking questions; some people may feel slightly inconvenienced by your perceived probing questions. But thankfully, I know (and many people will get to understand too) that you ask questions in order to learn, not to cause mischief or be unnecessarily intrusive.

Quite frankly, when you ask questions, it should be that you are genuinely interested in knowing more about the object of the question, or for some other unprejudiced or beneficial reasons. So if you are not disposed to asking needful questions, you are seriously missing out on the derivable benefits of doing so.

It Helps To Ask Questions, I am a Witness!

Looking back in the chequered history of my life, I can recall instances where I have missed a few things (including opportunities) because I failed to ask relevant questions at those points in time. I like to think that you can identify with that too! Right?

Asking questions
Are you asking the right questions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of things about you and around you that will change if you will ask the right questions. Just muster up a little courage and begin!

If you ever feel the need to know more, achieve more, learn more, and to improve on the status quo, then asking questions is an appropriate habit you should well imbibe.

Let me make this sweeping statement: It is not in your best interest to stop asking questions when circumstances actually prove it is right for you to ask. I mean you should not stop asking questions altogether simply because of the negative feed backs that may sometimes stem from them. Rather you should learn better ways of doing the asking.

The issue really should not be whether you should be asking questions or not; but rather it should be whether you are asking the right questions. When it comes to asking questions, there is always room for improvement!

Expand Your Frontiers, Ask Questions

If you ever feel the need to know more, achieve more, learn more, and to improve on the status quo, then asking questions is an appropriate habit you should well imbibe.

Questions help your imagination and hence your creativity. I make bold to say that it is not possible to expand the frontiers of your knowledge base or improve the standard of the lives you live if you don’t ask the right questions as the need arises!

The essence of asking questions is to get answers. Questions give birth to answers and answers may in turn give rise to more questions and then more answers.

When it comes to asking questions, it doesn’t matter your age or status or position in life; whether as a student, a professional, a parent, a child, a politician, a sportsman, an artisan, a blogger, etc, everyone, whoever, wants to be anything worthwhile should be able to ask relevant questions as the need arises.

My dear friend, the questions you ask tell a lot about you! Albert Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

In my own limited experiences I have known that asking questions have helped me know better, achieve more, behave better, live healthier, live happier and hopefully live wealthier.

One of Forbes once listed richest persons in the world, the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, Eric Schmidt,  was once quoted as saying, (speaking about Google) “We run this company on questions, not [on] answers.”

I think the sublime wisdom in the quoted Schmidt’s statement is pretty clear. But someone may ask, “Are questions now considered more important than answers”?

Let’s say it depends on individual perception, so to that effect I could leave that for you to decide. On the other hand, I could refer you to the quote of Voltaire earlier cited for further insight: “judge a man by his questions rather than his answers”.

You Want Knowledge? Apply ASK!

I came across a very short acronym that lends voice to the point being made here:
ASK >> Always Seek Knowledge.

Seek knowledge
Always Seek Knowledge Acronym

The essence of asking questions is to get answers. Questions give birth to answers and answers may in turn give rise to more questions and then more answers.

It is this cycle of questions and answers, answers and more questions and then more answers that helps to expand the frontiers of your knowledge base that in turn enhances the quality of the life you live.

We are where we are today in development because some people dared to ask relevant questions at appropriate times in history.

For further advancement in life to be attained, status quo must be positively challenged. Questions provide the veritable media for doing that. So Always Seek Knowledge: ASK questions.

Asking Questions Will Help You In These Areas

At this juncture, you will probably agree with me that it is very beneficial to ask relevant questions when you feel the need to do so. In my own limited experiences I have known that asking questions have helped me know better, achieve more, behave better, live healthier, live happier and hopefully live wealthier.

Here are 16 areas questions can help you too:

1. Clarify your thoughts – and those of others too.
2. Elicit interest from your audience – don’t you know a few people who won’t talk to you until you ask them questions? Questions break the ice!
3. Demonstrate your interest in other people/things – who/what you ask questions about reveals whom/what you are interested in.
4. Clear / reduce your doubts – you can sometimes deal with your suspicions by asking the right questions.

Asking the right questions promotes communication and good communication builds trust

5. Improve your knowledge – naturally, questions can be used in the quest for knowledge. What you don’t know that you should have known is probably what you haven’t asked about.
6. Enhance your understanding – if you don’t understand something, ask questions until you grasp it well enough.

Six most commonly asked questions
Concept image of the six most common questions and answers on a signpost.

7. Enhance your communication with people – communication is not complete until there is an understanding/feedback. Asking relevant questions helps will help you to achieve this.
8. Enhance trust – asking the right questions promotes communication and good communication builds trust.

Asking the right questions helps you separate relevant information from irrelevant ones.

9. Help you to solidify relationships – as trust level increases through the good answers you get to your questions, the cord of good relationship toughens.
10. Sift information – asking the right questions helps you separate relevant information from irrelevant ones.
11. Promote better decision making – information clarified via asking relevant questions do promote better decision making.
12. Save time and other resources due to better decisions being made; this happens in the long run mostly.

“He who asks questions never misses his way” so says an African proverb.

13. Removes/reduces prejudices – if you ask the right questions and you get the right answers, you will soon get to discover that there is no need to hang on to some previously held misconceptions about things and especially about people.
14. Promote personal confidence – believe it or not, your ability to ask the right questions is a kind of pointer to your level of confidence. Confident people ask questions.
15. Clarify your direction – “He who asks questions never misses his way” so says an African proverb. If you don’t know where you are going, ask questions.
16. Enhance your effectiveness – knowing what to do and achieving results thereon sometimes is a function of the questions you have asked.

Your comments are always welcome.

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “YOU NEED TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, THIS IS WHY

  1. chuks August 18, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    The mind of Academic mind is an inquiry mind, and inquiry is synonymous to asking questions. I like the play on words on the write up. Asking question gives you a direction and by extension shaping your vision and focus in life

    Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.

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  2. Muyiwa August 18, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    I dont think anyone could have done more justice to the topic than the way it has been presented. It is a well researched topic ;well detailed. If anyone can align with the write up , you will always be on top of your game.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Victor Uyanwanne August 19, 2015 / 6:29 am

      Muyiwa, I am humbled by your comment. We thank God for his grace. Cheers.

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