You have heard this mantra, “there is no such thing as a stupid question,” a lot of times in your life; from teachers, parents, coaches and friends. However, the second half of this bad advice is that the only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask.
Does your ego make you avoid questions because you may be laughed at, or ridiculed, or thought foolish? If someone takes this stance with you you are probably asking the wrong person. Respectful, knowledgeable people will not laugh at you; they will answer you or tell you where to get the answer. If it is a subject that they are passionate about you might even get more information than you could ever use; take what you need and remember this person if you ever need more details. Most people are honored that you have asked for their advice and are happy to share it with you.
There is no way to learn if you don’t ask questions. You may ask an associate or friend, or you may ask Google, either way you are taking the opportunity to increase you knowledge base. Conventional wisdom says that it is wise to learn something new every day. That equals over 27000 new tidbits of information in a lifetime; that is a huge data base to have at your fingertips.
How could your life be different if you were able to recall facts or other data whenever you needed it? Would it be easier for you to make decisions? Would you be more comfortable with life; less stressed, more productive? Are these good reasons to ask more questions?
Avoiding questions hampers your growth and keeps you stuck. Asking questions can lead you to grand ideas and success. Consider your requests as tools in your toolbox; just as you would pull out the appropriate screw driver for a project, the answers you get from asking questions are the tools you can use for personal or business growth and development. Using questions, and the information that you get from them, are important tools to have in your toolbox.
“The only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask.” They represent missed opportunities and keep you trapped in the now instead of enabling you to go forward and celebrate a full life.