The Third and Fourth Question

Einstein’s mother used to ask him after school each day, “What’s the best question you asked today?” What a great question to ponder each day. Often people ask me why I know so much. They are trying to figure out where I get my knowledge. Here’s the secret – learn to ask questions. I call them the third and fourth questions. These go beyond information and into curiosity. We have the opportunity every moment of the day. We bump into people who can teach us something all the time, yet we don’t ask. Everyone can teach you something. The air conditioning repairman at your house – are you content with just getting it fixed? Or do you get curious and learn something from a guy who thinks about his job 40 hours a week? What about your dry cleaner? Your mechanic? Your dentist? How do they do their jobs? What do they know? What question haven’t you asked that might make you a bit more knowledgeable?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

One thought on “The Third and Fourth Question

  1. The best question I asked?…..
    “Who am I really?”

    But to hear the answer to that we have to put aside everything we think we know, everything we think we are and every belief we have taken onboard.

    To have our cup filled with truth and understanding we must first empty out what is already there.


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