Be curious. A good question can take you a lot farther than a quick answer. ~ JesseLynStoner
Just like babies, I cherish questions, even silly ones and it has helped me dramatically to learn better, listen better and communicate more effectively.
I have made 15 amazing friends from 6 countries this month learning to do this single thing. Hello friends, welcome to #think2riches string 22.
I will share 8 basic questions I ask everyday that helps me find faster solutions to any challenge.
- Am I awake?
The mystery of sleep, as Jimi Tewe puts it, is that you don’t know you’ve slept until you are awake. I ask this question to know if I am still dreaming or in reality. I don’t want to spend all my life dreaming, but to start acting. I want to start the venture, do the exercise and send the gift rather than just wishful thinking.
- What do I do?
I ask this question to be sure if I am on the right track in my career journey. I want to check if I am on the job just for the monetary gains, social prestige or to add value to other people’s lives.
- Who am I hanging out with?
I met a friend, he is 30, he had struggled with smoking and drinking since 18, he said he magically stopped smoking when he changed his set of friends. With light sparks in his eyes, he said, ‘life is pretty beautiful in an wholesome company’
- What is happening in my space?
I want to be conscious of my environment, I like to know why my colleague’s face is so dull today, why the people in my neighborhood chant all night. I like to know the social media and development trends. These help me to observe better, it informs my decisions and planning.
- Why am I doing this?
At a time, I didn’t feel good spending a large chunk of my time chatting on the phone with friends and colleagues. I recently listed out 5 reasons why I now chat online meaningfully, it includes; to improve my communication, to put my numerous thoughts in short concise format, to polish my English language, to learn to type faster and accurately, to engage people intelligently and with empathy without seeing them face-to-face.
- What can I do right now?
Actually, 7 is better than 3. This year I decided to write everyday and publish on facebook thrice a week. After 2 months, writing 7 days a week became a habit than when I wrote 3 days a week. It is easier to keep a habit than to struggle into the habit again.
When I have a lot of work to do, this question helps me to start now. I can call that friend or write that 5-line e-mail. I can trash the dustbin. I can get high smiling. Yippe! I can do it now.
- What makes me angry?
I am not sure why I don’t get angry often, but once I do, it will have to do with an abnormally that people do to others. For example, destroying people’s work, imposing your idea on others, stopping others from exercising their abilities and gifts etc.
For these, I will go in a search for solutions, to engage, to research the underlining cause and effects, then act to put things right.
- Am I adding any value to the universe?
In many parts of the world,
waste human management is a major challenge; check the pages of most newspaper, sad stories welcome the readers every day.
I want to put out good words to my world, I want to lend a helping hand, I want to join the networks of visionaries and shakers working tirelessly to make the world a better place for all of us.
These are some of the basic questions that hold my hands to get ahead daily.
He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever – Chinese Proverb
What questions do you ask yourself?
Go to the comment box and share what you struggle with daily and what you do to get ahead.