Pablo Picasso said, “What good are computers, they just give answers. The power is in asking the right question.” You can learn more about his work at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Better questions are the key to powerful living. Many people ask lousy questions, and in turn they get lousy answers.
Bob Dunwoody shares the story of a young woman who dreamed of living in a million-dollar home in the mountains with a chef and housekeeper. She wanted to spend time enjoying nature and appearing at lavish parties with wealthy and famous people.
Her mother told her she had two options; go to college and work for 30 years and save all your money, or marry a millionaire.
Instead of believing these were the only options this young woman kept asking herself what other possibilities existed to reaching her final outcome. By asking better questions she found out about a school that gave out a certification after a year in the program that qualified their graduates to manage a wealthy household’s staff while the millionaires were away.
She learned most millionaires spend only a few months in their getaway homes and needed reliable people to care for the home and the grounds. After graduating she was immediately hired and now spends her days enjoying the mountains in a beautiful mansion surrounded by staff members including a chef and a housekeeper. She also enjoys fancy dinners with some prominent people.
The key difference was in being open to new possibilities that she uncovered by asking better questions.
Anthony Robbins shares if you only have one option you have no choice, if you have two options you have a dilemma, but when you have at least three options you have freedom and power to make a decision.
Albert Einstein famously shared, “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”
In his mind he imagined something no one else did because he asked a different question. He asked what a person would see if they were traveling in a car on a beam of light moving at light speed, then turned on a flashlight and looked in the rearview mirror.
It was in asking such unique questions that he was able to conceive his theories that people experience time differently than other people moving at different rates of speed, and that gravitational pull slows down time.
The power of questions helped Albert Einstein bring to the world revolutionary understandings of our lives and the universe around us.
So what questions have you been habitually asking and receiving lousy answers for? Use your imagination and ask a different question, then dream of the possibilities that lie before you!