Ask questions

It’s human nature to think we can do things on our own. But usually, the wiser and more experienced someone is, the more likely he or she is to ask questions. Once you have credibility, you don’t feel you have to prove yourself to anyone, so you’re not afraid to ask.

And because you ask, you get the thing done better, quicker, faster, cheaper.

Smart People Ask Questions:

“Asking questions of the right people does so many things: You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you get your problem solved, and you can potentially learn unexpected cool nuggets. But sometimes it’s not obvious what we should ask questions about.

Start with the obvious. I’m always confused when I meet someone who spends a lot of time doing something but isn’t very good at it. For example, do you know people who never respond to their email? Email, the tool we spend over 6 hours a day on.

I want to take them in a room, shake them upside down, and run off with all the money that falls out of their pockets. But really, whether it’s email, driving, cooking, or whatever, these are things we spend a lot of time on. Wouldn’t it make sense to ask someone for their tips on how to do it better? For many people, it never occurs to ask someone else for a few tips on improvement.”

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