Never lose your inquisitive nature

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice; Think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself”

Elon Musk

In the last post we looked at the importance of integrity, and working to the best of your ability consistently over time. Giving your all, regardless of how you feel about your current role or situation, over time can open doors. There is, however, one special ingredient which is still missing but has the power to make a real difference.

That ingredient is questioning. You should never lose your inquisitive nature. As children, we question everything, but then, after years of formal education we find ourselves conditioned to question less and follow instructions more. We question less and less, until we become automatons simply going through the motions of day-to day life. If you are serious about your personal and professional development, though, you need to be rediscover your passion for asking questions and reflecting.

Questioning and reflection go hand in hand. When you question a particular process at work and identify an element which can be improved, for example, your next step is to reflect on your own strengths, skills and abilities and how they might be used to improve the process. Through questioning, you discover innovative ways to solve problems or improve processes but it doesn’t just end in the workplace. Questioning is important in our personal lives too.

By reflecting on and questioning the decisions which you make, you learn more about yourself. You become more self-aware. You also become more independent and less likely to follow the lead of others. You won’t do something just to please family and friends, because you know who you are, what you want and what makes you happy. In this way, you will be less inclined to settle but will rather challenge and push yourself to become and have more. Because you asked questions which helped you to better understand what it is that you want from life.

Questioning is the first step in the learning process. We ask the questions, we think of solutions and then identify our strengths and the gaps in our skills and knowledge before taking action. Through questioning we learn, develop, improve and grow.

Massive success, regardless of what it might look like to you, will not come overnight. It is rather the accumulation of consistently asking questions and seeking improvement while putting in the hard work and effort over time, and this is done one day at a time by focusing on what is in front of you right now.

“My success just evolved from working hard at the business in hand each day”

Johnny Carson

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