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He who asks questions never misses the way. A nation, family or organization where people refuse to ask, always ends up in confusion. It is better to ask questions, than pretend to know in ignorance. As a leader in whatever capacity you belong, it is expedient to imbibe the culture of asking questions in your followers.

No man is an island of knowledge. Everybody is ignorant in something, no matter your level of education. If you understand this you will not be shy to ask about what you don’t know. Life is a teacher full or lessons, but the more you ask the more you know. Asking questions is important in life; it shows that you value knowledge, reveals your humility and willingness to learn.

You are not ready to improve your life or performance until you take a moment to reflect on your past. As a nation, how often do we reflect on our past mistakes, not in regret but as a way of identifying what we did or are doing wrong, so we could do it better when such opportunity arises in future? A wise man learns from someone else’s mistakes but only a fool learns from his. Falling once could be termed a mistake but falling again and again reveals weakness and lack of progressive knowledge.

Many leaders deprive their followers of opportunities to ask questions. As a leader giving people room to ask questions shows that you value their opinion. Your sincerity is shown by the way you respond to them when they ask. Sometimes in leadership we forget about our past struggles when people under us go through challenges. We treat them like a father who assumes that his son should know better, when actual information or lessons has not been taught. This often leads to frustration.

Self-evaluation is leads to self-actualization and enables you to work towards a better result.

I remember speaking to a friend, who always complained about his father’s poverty that: “if you as a son keeps complaining about your fathers failure, without asking questions on why he failed so you could learn from his fall and do things better when opportunities arises, you are not prepared to succeed.” For the first time in, he realized that his father had lived his life, but it is his own time to make a mark.

If you ever want to build a critical mind that values information and seeks to know more, you must value the following words: why, what, when, who and how. These are the keys that open up your mind to knowledge and fuel your passion success. If we desire to end ignorance and illiteracy as a nation and continent we must learn to ask why?

I once read a book and the writer said: never say I can’t afford it, but always ask how can I afford it? Saying I can’t afford it stops your brain from working and kills your interest in finding solutions. But asking how can afford it or achieve my goals? Fuels your passion for finding solutions and stimulates your desire for success.

There could never be new inventions without a critical mind that is tired of the old and thirsts for something new. The first thing to do when there is a problem is not cry or complain but critically examine the issue and find alternative solutions.  If you desire to make a difference in life as a leader, you must cultivate the habit of asking why, when, what, how, and who. These are the keys that open the door of knowledge and hidden secrets that lead to success and uncommon achievements.

Every book or product you see today is paid for because it answers a question or meets a need. Overcoming failure means becoming a solution or an answer to someone’s question in life.  The biggest corporations in life all became successful because they were able to answer questions and meet needs that others are willing to pay for. When you have finally discovered solutions or answers to the questions of others, package it right in a good brand, advertise and market it for others to buy.

Asking questions is so critical and important, without it you might be lost in the ocean of failure and helplessness. Even God the all-powerful and all-knowing cannot help or bless someone who refuses to ask; that’s why He says “ask and it shall be given unto you.” For every question you have someone else has the answer, and for every problem you have someone is a custodian of its solution, therefore your asking is what enhance your chances of finding the right answer or meeting the right people that will help you in the cause of fulfilling your goals and desires.

(Ezekiel Moses is a Writer, Consultant, a Creative Artist and Broadcaster. He is a sought after motivational speaker who has impacted many people young and old over the years. He is a Branding, Marketing and Adverts specialist and Best Seller Author. Tell: 231 7755 97336, 231 88626 3251 E-mail:

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