Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.-Unknown
Speaking up with the tough questions
Many people ask the wrong questions, which can hinder their work. That’s why it is so important to ask the right questions–to get the right answers! Everyone fears looking stupid in front of other people. No one wants to ask a silly question and get laughed at. But not asking a question that needs an answer can have consequences that might be just as embarrassing or detrimental. If you’re thinking about it, chances are that someone else is curious too. Your own fears can paralyze you, but deep down if the shoe were on the other foot, you probably wouldn’t make fun of someone else for asking questions. Don’t take the hard way and suffer through mistakes, speak up and clear up any confusion!
I really like this reflection. I think many of us, do not speak up out of fear. I can raise my hand high. I have gotten better as I’ve gotten older. But still……I wonder, what are we so afraid of?
It reminds me of a gym story. A lot of people think when they go to the gym, people are watching them. Truth is, most people, are working out and thinking only about their workout and no one else. After I heard that, my gym experience changed and I realized, you know, they are right. Why did I think all eyes were watching me. What is my fear? Aren’t we all there to do the same thing? There is no reason to feel dumb. The heaviest weight at the gym? The door.
I’ve also been known to ask a few dumb questions in my time. I don’t regret them. Guess what? I learned something out of those dumb questions. I am all about learning, whenever I can. *I probably asked the dumb ones more than once meh*
Most likely, it has helped me do my job better. Live my life better. Make better decisions.
If I hadn’t asked a question to Jason, one day, I might not have ever met him. I am so glad I spoke up.
So clear out all the misgivings and fear, Do you have a question? Just ask!
Happy Sunday! May your day be especially blessed.