Add the tool of questioning to your Thinking Framework.

Ignoring questions will lead to several thinking fallacies. We might build our understanding on ambiguity and false assumptions. Fortunately, we can always develop the practice of paying attention to the questions. If we start testing ourselves intentionally and mindfully avoid ignoring questions, we will be well on our way to becoming an effective thinker.

Instructions

  1. Ask questions even if you know the answer.
    By asking questions like, "What if...", we can see more and delve deeper toward understanding. These questions force us to clarify our understanding and discover our blind spots.
  2. Don’t ignore "silly" questions.
    Our mind rationalizes this by describing these questions as stupid or silly. An appropriate word is basic. Answers to those questions are the difference between the expert and amateur.
  3. Catch yourself when you pretend to know something but you actually don't.
    This is a recipe for disaster. When you find a question or topic that you don't know the answer to, make an effort to understand it. Don’t hesitate to seek other's help.
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