“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein
In work, in life, in any social interaction, I tend to be the person that has, just one more question. I’m not sure how or when it started, being a shy child, I still would ask questions, because I was curious about how the world worked.
I didn’t really notice the curiosity I had until I had to interact with someone who didn’t like to have questions posed to them. Considering it was questions about what they do for the company I work for, I was taken a little aback, because how else was I going to learn what they needed from me, if I didn’t ask questions?
The main takeaway is to ask questions and be curious, and just make sure that the person wants to answer. Most of the time it’s a good thing, it makes people feel important, you’re interested in them. Sometimes, like with my grumpy colleague, you have to know to step back and allow the communication to be more one-sided.
Ever met one of those folks who seem to have an allergic reaction to questions? You know the type. The ones who roll their eyes when you ask them to clarify something, or huff in annoyance when you ask for their input. I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with these folks, and let me tell you, it’s about as much fun as a root canal.
But here’s the thing – questions are not just a means to gather information. They’re a way to show interest, to indicate that you value someone’s opinion, and to build relationships. By asking questions, you’re saying, “Hey, I care about what you think. I respect your expertise. I value your input.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But Andrew, what if they don’t want to answer? What if they get annoyed?” Well, my friend, that’s their problem, not yours. You can’t control how others react, but you can control how you respond. If they’re not willing to engage in a dialogue, then maybe it’s time to find someone else who will.
Curiosity is a gift, a tool, a superpower. It opens doors, builds bridges, and breaks down walls. So, don’t let a few grumpy colleagues discourage you. Keep asking, keep learning, keep growing. Because as our buddy Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”