Scenario: "Dude, just read as many books as you can. Increase knowledge. Yay!" Increase your knowledge by asking as many questions as freakishly possible. You know that hawkish pseudo-consultant who flies in with seemingly all answers for your business -- without asking you any questions to understand your business? Yeah, answers may seem sweet on the surface; but, when you dive deeper, you'll realize the chock-full-o-crap-o information. Seek profound knowledge by habitually starting with the 'Why-why-why-why's'.
The 'Seeking Knowledge' Approaches
Say you want to increase revenues by 5% this month.
The Wrong Approach
Joe Pseudo-Experto Schmoe tell you:
- "You can increase revenues by targeting the youth market!"
But wait, you tell him: "The youth market won't convert to long-term customers. We'll sacrifice long-term gain for the short-term!"
The Right Approach
Instead of chiming in with the answers, your badass would instead ask questions to determine the realities of your business's vitality:
- "Can we reduce costs without sacrificing quality?"
- "Can we upsell our current customers with complementary products?"
- "Do we have sufficient resources to target a new market?"
- "How are our top competitors getting customers?"
- "Would our customers recommend us to their colleagues?"
Result: You get mucho information to get your badass toward increasing revenues by 5%.
Learning Something New
Consider another situation. Say you're learning a new programming language. Instead of jumping in with the books to seek answers, you instead start asking questions:
- How do I set up the environment on my computer?
- How is the language different from other languages?"
- Why is it better?
- Where can I find a quick overview?
- Where can I seek help?
- How do I create a simple 'Hello World' application?
- How do I set up a database-driven application?
Your inquisitive mind starts googling, and googling, and googling -- searching for those answers to your questions. What happens then? With every question answered, your knowledge magnifies.
Said The Einstein
That physicist dude Albert Einstein once 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."
Sweet words from Mr. Big Shot.
- Ask as many questions as humanly possible.
- Get exponentially smarter.
Posted on July 09
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