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Open-ended Questions Value

In the name of Allah, most gracious and most merciful,

If you don’t have open-ended questions, over time you may find your life and career very dull. Asking interesting questions is one of the things that drives our curiosity to search for answers. It is not just asking any trivial questions but asking the ones that matter.

When we were children, we were continuously asking questions. What is that? and What is that? Why? We were playing around because that is very innate to us. Humans are learning creatures.

However, the educational system drowned us in information without necessarily telling us what questions they were answering in the first place, or they told us the answer out of an interesting context. We missed the context, and thus our appreciation of these valuable pieces of information decreased thus we forgot a lot of it. It is very time-wasting to consume materials mindlessly or with no purpose?

Over time it may make you allergic to some of the most useful information.

Don’t drown yourself in all the social media information, and even in things related to your career information. Try always to leave a space for yourself to ask questions, try, and experiment.

I think being driven to search for specific information while consuming some of them systematically “like a learning path” for understanding the big picture and improving your context is much better than just being passively exposed to a lot of information that makes you hate a lot of it because of overwhelming your mind with too much that it can’t distinguish the noise from the signal.

Information needs time to be digested. It needs mindful repetition while properly applying it in context to experience its usefulness. It needs time to transform from scattered information to concrete knowledge and invaluable experience.

Although our minds have very high capacity and potential, don’t neglect the integration of the psychological impact on you. For example, if you can consume at most 3x when you are not in a good mood, you can consume 10x when you are curiously searching for something that you want to know. It is these sparks that help us not only to be more valuable in the current information age by integrating between pieces of information to solve new problems but also to increase our critical thinking in life and to know more about the truth of life.

Although you have high potential, be aware of what exactly you want to feed your mind with because you don’t have infinite capacity. Be mindful of what you consume, and what you let in because over time they will be a major determinator of what you produce.

Take responsibility for your learning, and don’t just follow any material mindlessly. Ask questions, and exert additional effort to learn from the top and from their feedback. Yes, it is not initially easy, but it is definitely worth it in the long term, and it may become easier and second nature to you.

Allah bless our master Muhammad and his family.

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