Why Peter Diamandis Tells His Kids To Ask Questions
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
There is often nothing better you can do for someone than to understand their situation. Sometimes you don't even have to know all the answers, but asking the right question helps them to figure a problem out. In a fast moving world where information is becoming ever more available and malleable, Mr Diamandis shares with us his thoughts on what skills his children will need to live in this new world;
"I live two blocks from my children's school, and when I am in town, one of my most precious moments is walking them to school in the morning.
During the walk, I ask them what questions they have of me. The topics range from plants to black holes.
I relish and admire their questions.
When I drop them off, the last thing I say to them is, “Ask good questions today.”
Why? We are heading toward a world of a trillion sensors and ubiquitous AI -- a world where, a decade from now, we will all have some variant of JARVIS from Iron Man.
In that world, you’ll be able to know anything you want, anytime you want. So the quality of the questions you learn to ask will be more important than memorized knowledge.
In my humble opinion, helping your kids to think critically and to ask great questions is the most important lesson you can teach them."
He is not alone in his opinion that asking the right questions is imperative;
"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
Both of these legends are using the principle of 'empathic communication', essentially 'ask questions before making statements'! Following this idea allows us to know what is really going on with a person or a situation before jumping in ourselves with our ideas and opinions. This rule allows us to respect and build relationships with people as well as provide us with an effective way to learn! Mr Diamandis explains more in this article on his website.