In new jobs, our supervisors consistently tell us, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We want you to learn.”
Of course, this applies to the confusing software systems, ambiguous instructions or even what “Casual Friday” entails.
However, what about when you want to learn something that goes beyond your job description or even the corporate setting?
What if you want to truly understand something or someone on a deeper level?
Here are four reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to ask, “Why?”
1. It allows you to view things from a different perspective.
You know that one friend who just seems to have it together all the time? Instead of getting jealous of her “perfection” and irrationally hating her for it, try treating her as a mentor.
Maybe she manages her time well and your chicken-scratch “to do” list accidentally got drenched in ranch dressing sometime around noon. Spend time with her, and focus on how she prioritizes things. Beyond mirroring her actions, try to learn why she chooses to do things a certain way.
For instance, maybe she tends to the longer, more difficult tasks first; whereas, you have always gotten the quick, easy assignments out of the way first. She may explain tackling the hardest project first optimizes her experience.
She feels a large sense of accomplishment early on, and she is more motivated to face simple tasks at the end of the day.
Asking why allows us to see things from different angles and can potentially improve areas in our own lives. So, don’t be afraid to get others’ input.