Did you ask a question today? Why? What prompted it?
Recently, with the intention to exercise my mind, I decided to read Bob Tiede’s book, Great Leaders Ask Questions, again. In one of the testimonials for the book, Tom Ziglar quoted his father, Zig Ziglar. It was a simple but powerful statement. I pondered on it all week, last week.
Questions are the answer.
– Zig Ziglar
These are the four reasons for asking questions I gleaned from my pondering.
A few weeks ago, I had to commute to and from work via public transport for a week. The two-drop, at least 30 minutes trip (one way) is an experience I would prefer not to have, even for one week. The use of public transport is a forgone alternative for me. If I can help it.
In my part of the world it can be intolerable. The wait to get on a bus, taxi or tricycle, the unavoidable but annoying stops for a passenger to dismount or get on (bus stops are almost non-existent), the unscrupulous and unsafe driving of the bus or tricycle drivers, all combine to make the ride unpleasant, if not unsafe.
Today, the level of technological advancement is such that innovations are churned out daily. Any product or idea short of revolutionary, will easily be stale tomorrow. Even revolutionary ideas are not guaranteed timeless shelf lives.
Yesterday’s education is not sufficient for today’s challenges or opportunities; today’s information can quickly become irrelevant in the next twenty four hours. Just as meals eaten yesterday will not give you nourishment for the future.
That is just the way it is.
Every day brings opportunities, to grow, develop and improve. Take it.
Because things will never remain the same, you have to either evolve, adapt or make way for those who will.
Relevance can only be attained and maintained by improving on yesterday’s innovations, and building on today’s knowledge, to provide better ways of doing things for tomorrow. To be relevant is to grow – to provide solutions for today’s challenges, even tomorrow’s.
To think that yesterday’s success will always remain relevant tomorrow is delusion.
It is arrogant, like William Pollard said.
You don’t have to come up with a major breakthrough to be relevant. You will stay relevant if you improve yourself in small ways: learn/ hone that skill, read/ write that book, start that blog, meet that need, gain that experience (even without pay).
Make the most of every day! Make the most of today! Learn something new.
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