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question everything

simply stephen / May 17, 2011

Sometimes a long post is warranted and sometimes it is not.

Today, I am going to spark you with a thought…

question everything

Why?

Because…

…in order for you to be a leader, you need to discover the truth.

…in order for you to understand, you need to gain knowledge and experience.

…in order for you to learn, you need to be curious and formulate your own views.

…in order for you to grow, you need to humble yourself to build virtues and integrity.

…in order for you to heal, you need to find out what is harming and what is helping you (or others).

One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything. – Georg Lichtenberg

As a child, my parents encouraged me to ask questions. They told me to speak out when I though things were wrong. To question what people were doing and saying. To question activities and actions that I didn’t think were right. Or to find out more about something that was unclear.

At times this has backfired on them because I questioned them too. But what it taught me was not to accept the answer…just because or that’s the way it has always been done.

I personally have taken this a little bit too far sometimes. It has taken me a while to learn how to control the questions without antagonizing or harming other people. Sometimes, I make mistakes and take it too far. But I learn from that too.

I certainly dislike being under the firing line myself but…fair is fair.

Your answer is not likely to be 42 but you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Apathy is not a choice…so until next week practice questioning everything you see. Find out why something is a certain way and change what you don’t like. It’s a powerful tool to gain control of your life.

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