Asking Questions

According to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, "No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives." Asking questions is an underutilized social skill in business and in life, yet it is a key component of critical thinking. While those who talk the talk are eager to dominate conversations with their arrogant, self-involved opinions, individuals who thoughtfully take a step back to ask about and explore the nub of an issue often stumble upon more considerate solutions. Learning how to ask with genuine sincerity can change your outlook and help you to achieve your ambitions in life.


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