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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes” — Albert Einstein.

First, Ask About The Questions

Einstein said of himself, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” My friend Bob teaches the Agile method of productivity. He taught me to ask this question, why? And if you don’t get an applicable answer, ask why again? If you have children, there comes a stage when all your answers are followed by, why? 

I did that to my dad, and I remember how he would respond specifically to my questions. “Dad, why do bike tires have innertubes?” “Dad, how does gasoline start an engine?” “Dad, why is it so hard for me to learn math?” (he couldn’t answer that) It would have been easier for him to say, “don’t ask so many questions,” Later in life I realized why he invested himself in those responses; he was amused by my curiosity, and he wanted to answer all the questions he could. And when he didn’t know the answer, he’d say, “I don’t know.”  

A question answered with a question can’t be answered

Look back to yesterday and do your best to recall one new answer you gave or got from another person. I’ve discovered that It’s possible to go through a day without ever giving or getting a real answer, or even asking a compelling question.  

Try this, begin a Google search, the drop-down will present a list of auto-filled suggestions. Those suggestions are partially derived from your previous searches. (some people speculate, those suggestions come from things that are spoken around your phone or other devices

My question, is the Google drop-down an answer, a question, or something else? If what you get is not what you asked for, don’t blame the answer. Start again with a better question, or ask your question somewhere else, or ask someone else. When you create the question, you precipitate the outcome. When you abdicate the question, you cede the solution.

Don’t ask a question if you don’t want to know the answer

Don’t question the answer unless you intend to pursue the truth

About 46 years ago my youth pastor, Tim Hanford said this, “There are three types of questions; ignorant, learned and unlearned.” His statement was provocative to others (the “ignorant inference”) to me it was evocative, (the learned and unlearned difference.) 

Fortunately for me, he used that line as he was teaching us how to read the scripture. From that point forward I have endeavoured to learn enough to ask learned questions about the Bible, and about other important things in my life. (Thank you Tim!)     

“…for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes” — Albert Einstein.

One of the few things you control in life is what you question. If Einstein had one hour to solve a “Life-dependent” problem, he wouldn’t consult his colleagues, google the quandary, or attempt to retask previous answers. He would apply the limited time, energy and creativity he had to compose a solvable-question. And the answer would soon follow. Our lives are derived from the questions we ask, not from the answers we assume.  

It’s perfectly acceptable to hang onto a question you can’t answer. 

It’s patently absurd to hang yourself on an answer you can’t question

The MOVO contains solvable, unsolved, and more than a few “unsolvable” questions and the answers I have found.

I’ll CYA Inside. Mark  

Mark Allen Schmidt

Mark Allen Schmidt

Creator and curator of the Motivotional

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