Best 49 Quotes & Tweets on Questioning

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1

A strategy for thinking clearly: Rather than trying to be right, assume you are wrong and try to be less wrong. Trying to be right has a tendency to devolve into protecting your beliefs. Trying to be less wrong has a tendency to prompt more questions and intellectual humility.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

Good advice I received early on: When someone says no to your request, they usually mean “not right now” or “not in that way.” Most people want to help others, but there are many priorities competing for our time. Don’t take it personally. Ask again later. Ask differently.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

The 3 meta-habits: Sleep - being well-rested improves performance on all other habits. Reading - you can learn how to improve any habit by reading. Questions - asking good questions continually provokes new insights for tweaking your habits.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

The mind that asks a lot of questions is self-correcting.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Someone once suggested that I occasionally ask myself, “What am I really trying to achieve here?” Whenever I remember to do it, I find the question generates useful answers.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Before you dream about the view from the summit, ask yourself if you're willing to keep your head down, focus on the path, and spend your life walking up the side of a very big hill. It takes years of walking to earn a minute at the top.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Don’t ask someone a question Google could answer.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

If you ask, “Who is the richest person in the world?” ... you can come up with a reasonable answer. But if you ask, “Who is the happiest person in the world?” ... it’s nearly impossible to know. Many of the most important things in life remain mysterious and hard to quantify.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

It’s more important to have good questions than good answers. Answers—even good ones—are context dependent. Questions are versatile. They can guide you even if the situation changes.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

A little secret to life: You don't need the right answer to start. You can start by asking a question. Simply asking, "How can I be a better friend?" or "How can I be a healthy person?" will call forth answers naturally. In the beginning, just repeating the question is enough.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

It costs nothing to ask a successful person how they succeeded, but it may deliver more value than 1,000 hours of hard work. Others are under no obligation to tell you their secrets, but it is surprising how much you can learn from sincere, direct, and thoughtful questions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Question everything. Test what you believe to be true. Update when necessary. Repeat.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

When evaluating startup ideas, Peter Thiel tells entrepreneurs to ask three questions: 1) What is valuable? 2) What can I uniquely do? 3) What is nobody else doing? Every writer should ask themselves these questions before starting an essay too.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

14

The question “why do you want this job?” is also a sales tactic. The candidate will be forced to articulate good reasons out of politeness - and the desire for internal consistency will make them believe these reasons.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

The most important question is "what problem does my customer have?" The second-most important question is "why haven't they solved it yet?"

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Simple but not easy. Learn how to ... Ask great questions of others and the world. Listen attentively to the answers. Change your mind. Stop talking when there is nothing to say. Make others look good around people they care about.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

Ask people the questions you wish people asked you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Here are two questions to answer as you reflect on this year and think about the next one: 1. What should I do less of next year? 2. What should I do more of next year? Your thought process as you think through these questions is just as useful as the answers.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

20

End meetings with five minutes of silent writing time. Answer the following questions: ∙ What are my top takeaways? ∙ What are the next steps? ∙ What questions do I still have? Resist the urge to jump to the next activity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

21

Some ways to write a good introduction: ∙ Start with a surprising story ∙ Lead with what's counter-intuitive ∙ Create suspense ∙ Share a half-told story ∙ Ask a question, but don't share the answer Aim to ignite your reader's curiosity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

22

Mirrors and clocks transformed society, but they’re so old that nobody questions them. Clocks created a culture of anxiety. Mirrors created a culture of narcissism.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

23

Smart people ask stupid questions.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

24

Want to look smart? Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

25

"I know a lot about X. How do I monetize my knowledge?" There are many ways, but I'm only familiar with one: Give away everything you know for free. Then wait for people to start asking you questions. It's the questions that tend to reveal the monetization opportunity.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

26

Be smart enough to ask stupid questions.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

27

Too many people want all the answers before they begin. You won’t even know all the questions years after you begin!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

You can't make a good decision if you don't ask the right questions.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

29

Don't ignore the answer just because you don't like the answer. You might not *like* tracking calories, but don't claim there is no way to lose weight. You might not *like* writing each day, but don't create excuses for your unfinished book. Solutions exist even when ignored.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

Things that future generations will question: - The absurd cost of college - How hard it is to eat healthy - All the time we spend sitting down at our desks

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

If your sentence starts with "I could be wrong," it's a good sign you should shut your mouth or ask a question.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

If you answer the same question five times, write your answer down and turn it into an article.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

33

Asking your audience a question if they aren’t already engaging with you is like walking into a party and shouting a random question. People just will ignore you and go back to what they were doing. You need your audience’s attention before you can expect a response from them.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

34

The first question to ask before developing a new feature should be, “Is the additional complexity worth it?”

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

35

If you want to become a good interviewer, develop a desperate need for knowledge

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

Lessons from more than 100 podcast interviews: 1) Talk to people about things they don’t usually talk about. 2) Prepare enough to ask good questions but little enough to be surprised. 3) People reveal their emotions in the beat of their breath and the dance of their eyes.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

Always question your best ideas. Great thinkers, icons, and innovators think forward and backward. They drive their brain in reverse.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

The more complexity (features) you bake into your product, the more surface area for questions will arise from customers, investors and pundits.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

39

Write an FAQ section for your website. Don't answer the same emails over and over again. Instead, write down the most common questions and answer them in depth. Then publish your answers on your site. You'll save yourself time, build your audience, and help everybody learn.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

Failure produces better questions.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

41

The older the question, the older the answers.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

42

Three keys to good interviewing: 1) Dive deep into specifics but don’t stay on the same topic for too long. 2) The best answers come after follow-up questions. 3) As an interviewer, your job is to bring the best out of your guest so make them comfortable and follow their lead.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

43

If you've been asking the same question for a long time, it might be because you already have the answer but it is unsatisfying.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

Don’t ask the question if you’re not going to accept the answer.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

45

Most decisions are made before questions are asked.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

46

When you have an audience, you get free market research. The information comes in the form of questions.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

47

Learn to ask great questions.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

48

Questions I'm thinking about... 1. How can we improve small group learning + communication? When small group trust is high, you can explore fringe and controversial ideas. In 1-on-1 chat, communication has to be symmetric. In group chats, you can consume more than you produce.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

49

We can't get to better answers without asking better questions. Staying silent when you "don't know the answer" guarantees you'll never be a part of the solution.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher