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A More Beautiful Question

From Life Crises To Innovation-Driven Questions, I Got You Pal!

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By Sofia R. Sibila | 30th October, 2022

We all know how essential questions are. By asking questions we were able to grow as a specie and change the world around us. Indagating relates to innovating (ha) and innovating seems to be our biggest goal.

Always the beautiful answer / who asks a more beautiful question.
— E.E.Cummings

We all know how essential questions are. By asking questions we were able to grow as a specie and change the world around us. Indagating relates to innovating (ha) and innovating seems to be our biggest goal.

Even knowing questions are fundamental for a living (no matter the scenario) we barely step back to take knowledge of this so important weapon in our lives. By finding your beautiful question you will dive into an adventure of all sorts of kinds. Why are you always tired? Why do you hate stuff the way they are? How can things change for the better? Let's try to better understand and find an approach to the questions that may be missing in your life to make you live what you got to live! Let's go!

It's important to understand that there is no right way to question, but for sure there are some tips. Warren Berger, author of "A more beautiful question" did a series of interviews with some innovators around the world and tried to create a step-by-step on what he heard from them. Three easy steps will cover the whole process: from gaining a conscience of your problems to solving them.

1. Why...? (The Consciousness Required)

It's crucial to know what the problem is. What do you want to change? We may think we all know ourselves well enough to have full knowledge of all the problems in our lives, but that's completely wrong. Normally being in an uncomfortable or in a way-to-comfortable situation won't let you understand your situation. We are not able to perceive what has potential for innovation if we act as if everything is all the same. That is why it's important to take a step back.

Routine is bad for our creativity; we already know this. Not just routine, but the whole pressure of constantly giving answers left no space for what you may want. In the book, the polaroid's origin story illustrates well how important vacations are (they just had time to wonder why photos took so long to get ready when they had time to admire the view and take nice photos!).

I know telling people to relax is the most frustrating advice there is; normally rest feels far from reality. The best I can say as someone that is not related to your day-by-day is that if resting cannot be part of your actual routine maybe you should not give so much importance to that routine.

Take a step back from routine, pressure, and the feeling of sureness. Let yourself look stupid and ask whatever is on your mind.

2. What If...? (To Understand Your Problem)

This is where you can act like a four-year-old child! One of the golden rules for this step is to try to mix different knowledge. Start to search for random facts and curiosities that just look interesting. Knowing more about genetics may give you an idea of how to divide your life tasks or problems. Just be sure that there is always a possibility yet to be discovered.

Can you find the twenty-four squares?

3. How...? (The Action)

It's hard to advise on actions not even knowing the context of your needs, so the first thing important to remember is to persist. This is where things will fail, and the feeling of misery will pop but this frustration is part of the progress.

Some Important Pieces Of Advice For Your Journey...
  • Question is cycling (keep questioning, question your questions!)

  • Don’t stop at only one question

Practical Usage Of This Knowledge

Choose a topic of your life (school, for example) and try to formulate a question a day about it! If you feel school is bad, ask yourself what you could do to make it better. Create scenarios, act in situations and think in ideas no one else could think of!

This may be all too vague, but I just wanted to show how cool and important questions are. If you want to really dive into the world of questioning you could read "A more beautiful question" by Warren Berger or simply visit the book's website:

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