As a podcast host, I am constantly in search of better questions to ask my guests. I recently read the following passage in Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. I wanted to share it and challenge you to ask better questions.
A good question is not concerned with a correct answer.
A good question cannot be answered immediately.
A good question challenges existing answers.
A good question is one you badly want answered once you hear it, but had no inkling you cared before it was asked.
A good question creates new territory of thinking.
A good question reframes its own answers.
A good question is a probe, a what-if scenario.
A good question skirts on the edge of what is known and not known, neither silly nor obvious.
A good question cannot be predicted.
A good question will be the sign of an educated mind.
A good question is one that generates many other good questions.
A good question may be the last job a machine will learn to do.
A good question is what humans are for.
In the spirit of this passage, I want to share a question I heard in a recent conversation with some friends. Hope it creates some new territory for thinking.
“Are you running from something or running towards something?”
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