I used to tell my students that questions are more important than answers. Anyone who writes down and memorizes facts can know a lot of answers. Only the curious, the creative, the interested, know the best questions to ask. When I consult to companies, I’m happy when they like my questions. The clients I work with are intelligent and they want to think, not just listen to advice.
At the end of a day of teaching, I’d feel energized. I’d run in to a colleague in the elevator. He’d always ask me, “aren’t you exhausted?’ No, I wasn’t but he was.
Another colleague wrote a best-selling novel and sold the movie rights for the book for over a million dollars. One night, I said, “let’s go out for Thai food after classes.”
His question was“is it expensive?”
Are you kidding me? How expensive could it be? The guy had a million dollars in the bank and considerable royalties coming in every month, plus his teaching salary.
Thankfully I don’t have many people like this in my life. Right now, I can’t think of one. I know poverty is real for many people, but there is also poverty of the mind.
Some very rich people have it too.