Dealing with questions in your life and looking for answers often can be tricky—a key reason being that we often ask dumb questions that can be answered in many different ways. Depending on the person you are asking the question of. Too often, we are looking for a specific answer to a problem or thought, becoming frustrated with the answers we receive.
Asking the correct question
I will say I am guilty of my next thought as many else are. That is, you ask a question that is too broad in scope. Now, this is an excellent way to get a conversation going for small talk or possibly even to get something going on Twitter. I would debate that asking a more direct question is even more significant to get a response.
The broad questions in your mind you should take and break down. Into the parts of what you wish to know.
Asking more detailed questions will then get you closer to a direct answer. Taking the broad question breaking it down into detail also will lead to more questions. Which then leads to a conversation with depth and meaning to it.
Right about now, you will be thinking to yourself, duh everyone knows this, why am stating the obvious? Because even when we know asking a detailed question is the proper way, we forget ourselves and take the easy way asking the broad general inquiry.
There are no dumb questions?
I have heard there are no dumb questions throughout my life; I have even said that there are no stupid questions. And the older I get, I started to realize there are dumb questions. This amazes me at how many dumb questions are asked all the time. If you are quick, the best way to answer a dumb question is with a dumb answer and chuckle to oneself.
Most dumb questions come from the point of laziness. Many questions can be quickly looked up in one way or another. Other dumb questions are how general of a question you are asking. I keep coming back to the idea of a general question. This is a major problem.
I think this partially comes from laziness and partly from being impatient.
In society today, its easier to ask a question and hope someone knows it. Then to do the research oneself and find out the answer.
The nuance of questions can lead it to be dumb. The counter to this is how you state your question.
Questions asked in a general group setting.
What gun should I buy? – equals a dumb question.
I am looking at purchasing a gun, and I am not sure where to start to break down what I need, can someone help me? – This is a good question.
The first question is so broad in scope in a general conversation that those reading or hearing will have to respond with questions of their own to clarify what the person wants. Asked in a dumb way, you will often get a sarcastic answer back because it annoys those who have put the time and research in.
The second question defines a starting point of I know nothing, and I am looking to learn what questions I need to ask to figure out the correct path. This will get the ball rolling in a positive light. Those that you are asking the question of then realize you are at zero-knowledge.
In a group of men with various backgrounds, you will naturally get different answers because the men have other interests. Which then leads to them having greater or lesser knowledge in an area. Taking something as simple as exercise.
There is a multitude of paths to take to achieve the goals that you set for yourself. The big question you need to ask yourself first is, what is your goal? What do you wish to chase first? When it comes to fitness, there is no real end goal. Fitness and health should always be ongoing; you are just going through different phases.
Are you a teen wanting to get stronger for sports? A man in your twenties looking to be jacked for the beach. Did you not pay attention to fitness in your thirties and only now starting to concentrate on fitness? Or in your forties realizing you need to drop 100 pounds if you want to live much past fifty?
Many different starting points and paths that you can follow. What are you looking for, general fitness to becoming a bodybuilder, powerlifter, or strong man, get into the world of iron man and crossfit—different avenues to get fit and get stronger.
This then leads to the source of who you are asking, what are there credentials, what have they done themselves. There are general things each person can do to become fitter. When you push past this first step, you need to seek out those knowledgeable in what you want to attain.
I am not going to ask a bodybuilder how to be good at crossfit.
I am not going to ask a powerlifter on how to run a marathon.
I am not going to ask a cyclist how to become good at rock climbing.
Yet as you sift through the knowledge on the internet, you see questions of these sorts ask of men and women who are in all different fields of fitness. Yes, some coaches can help train in other areas, but even then, they usually specialize in one or two.
Consider the source, think who you are asking the question of, and first, what is the background of the person.
Before asking a question, stop for a moment. Who are you addressing it to? A good friend or group of friends, of a stranger, to a broad audience of social media. To a group, you are speaking too. To one who has some expertise in the knowledge, you are seeking.
This bit of pause as you word your question and think it through can make a difference. Narrow it down to a more detailed thought. Can one go to detailed, I would answer yes. However, this is rarely the case. I would prefer instead to start from a detailed oriented question than a broad scope one.
Asking questions is the way to attain knowledge. Never be afraid to ask a question. I would challenge you to think the question through for a moment. Think of the setting you are asking the question in. If you can answer it quickly by general inquiry of the internet, don’t waste others’ time.
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