He Asks Too Many Questions

What Makes A Question Good?
What Makes A Question Good?

While it may be challenging for some, you really should look at that picture without the political advertisement.  It is simply a bumper sticker that I took a picture of.

It wasn’t until I bent down to snap the photo, that I saw the political ad.

Forget the ad.

Today is about questions, not politics.

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes;  he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” — Chinese Proverb

What makes a question good?

What stops us from asking questions?

What stops us from doing anything that we think is important?

When will we overcome this?

Is it even worth it?

Asking tough or intriguing questions can make people – your boss, your peers, your subordinates, your family – feel very uncomfortable.

Taking risks is risky. So is playing it safe.

A Reader Asks

Received an email from a jungle jeff blog reader, seeking clarification on the “Don’t Bother” blog post from last week. The reader’s email challenged my thinking, in a good and healthy way.  By the way, thank you for that.

Do you give obsessive diligent consideration to your work?

Most people, myself included, probably rush to, “Of course!”

May I audaciously suggest we (again, myself included) don’t do nearly as well as any of us think we do?   Huh?

Exactly. Huge.  Here’s what I mean.

This is simple, and also “dangerous”, because there is a human flaw in most of us. We are conditioned to judge others on what we see them do. It happens without even trying.

What’s complex, and perhaps arguable (but I argue it isn’t), is that we overwhelmingly judge ourselves on our intentions.

Huge difference here.

You see, I perceive my approach to balance as better than anyone else I observe, and yet others….

What others may think is that I preach balance, but lack balance, and therefore am a phony. This thought crosses my mind daily, “Am I a hypocrite?”

Do you ever catch yourself privately asking, “Am I a hypocrite?”

Tomorrow, maybe, I’ll dive a little deeper on this.