Ask the Right Question

The key to success in many areas of life, be it entrepreneurship, innovation, relationships, business, personal… is asking the right question.

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Egyptian novelist and 1988 Nobel Prize Winner, Mahfouz Naguib, put it this way, “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

In order to arrive at the right question, we have to remain open, curious, and receptive. Asking the right question helps us to focus on the right problem. If we’re feeling stuck for too long in a particularly unsatisfying situation, chances are we’re focusing on the wrong problem and asking the wrong questions.

As management guru Peter Drucker says, “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.”

Remain open and curious, folks.

It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.
― M. Scott Peck