If you want to succeed in your business and in your life, it’s been said that once you figure out the “why”, the “how” becomes easy. As little children we were great at asking “why” but then we grew up and started to get a little self-conscious. If we asked “why” all the time, some people might laugh at us or think we’re stupid.
We all need to ask “why” more often so we can always get more information, a clearer picture or confirm we’re doing the right thing. Even if the answers might be unknown. Such as…
- Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?
- Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough?
- Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
- Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?
- Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
- Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
- Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when a bad guy throws a revolver at him?
- Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
- If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
- Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
- Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
- Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
- Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
- Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end your try first?
- When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, “It’s all right?” Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t we say, “That hurt, you stupid idiot?”
- Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always seem to knock something else over?
- In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
- Why do we think the elevator might get to our floor quicker if we push the call button again?
- Why do the detectives on CSI always inspect a crime scene with their flashlights instead of just turning on the lights in the room?
- Why don’t school busses have seat belts?
I hope you have a great week. Make sure you ask lots of questions and focus on building relationships, solving problems and having fun.
1st Photo credit: Derek Gavey via Creative Commons 2.0
2nd Photo credit: Sethoscope via Creative Commons 2.0