My previous post about the impact of stories concluded with nudging us to take a step towards asking deeper questions about others and ourselves. A broader perspective and use of questions are touched upon in today’s post.
Nullius in Verba (Latin). It’s literal translation – on the word of no one – can also be defined as to take no one’s word for it or to better yet, question everything.
This is science and philosophy’s foundation. A claim or belief is made, usually with supporting research and anecdotes, whereby that individual or others try to poke holes in it.
We need to practice such in our everyday lives regardless of occupation. We’ve heard the adage that questions provide more value than answers yet we are reluctant to adjust. This is in large part due to our societies view that lack of certainty and knowledge is a sign of weakness.
We must not fall victim to that perspective. Children have this innate ability to be curious often asking more questions than we have the patience and the answers for. The latter is often times unsettling and uncomfortable. We tend to not know responses to those question words- who, where, when, why, what, which, how.
In the professional world, businesses use a technique called the ““5 Why’s” to understand the root cause of a problem. For every answer to a question, you can break it down further to foster a better understanding, separating a symptom from the actual problem.
I take your time here today to nudge you to apply that curiosity you once had many moons ago to your daily lives. This requires being open and pushing aside the stigma we may have of not knowing. This uncomfortableness will diminish as you gain a better understanding of it all.
Test your convictions and those of others by using interrogative words. We will all have a better sense of what we know and more importantly what we do not know.
Although this may seem intrusive at first, try it with professional and personal relationships. Try it with your clients, vendors, customers, patients, competitors. There is much power in understanding those relationships so well that you can foresee their next move.
We can not be certain of much in this life but to get as close as possible to it will only be to our benefit.
“Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind” – Mahatma Gandhi