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Everyone knows about the
mobile messaging app that
sold for $19 billion.
But have you heard about
another amazing app—
the one that helps you
figure out what to do
whenever you’re faced with
a problem or a challenge?
the one that helps you
figure out what to do
whenever you’re faced with
a problem or a challenge?
the one that helps you
figure out what to do
whenever you’re faced with
a problem or a challenge?
that increase your chances
of success?
And may lead to
wealth and happiness?
And may lead to
wealth and happiness?
Here’s the best news
about this app:
Here’s the best news
about this app:
you don’t have to acquire it…
because you were
born with it.
The “app” in question
You can see this natural
ability on full display in the
average 4-year-old…
for whom questioning is as
normal as breathing, and
almost as important.
Constant inquiry
helps young kids
make sense of,
Constant inquiry
helps young kids
make sense of,
and successfully navigate,
Constant inquiry
helps young kids
make sense of,
and successfully navigate,
the strange new world
around them.
Constant inquiry
helps young kids
make sense of,
and successfully navigate,
the strange new world
around them.
Studies show we tend to hit
our questioning peak
around age 4 or 5,
Studies show we tend to hit
our questioning peak
around age 4 or 5,
and then ask fewer
questions as we get older..
Not that we’ve lost the
ability to question—
Not that we’ve lost the
ability to question—
we just don’t exercise it
as much.
Not that we’ve lost the
ability to question—
we just don’t exercise it
as much.
Teachers and bosses
generally want answers,
Teachers and bosses
generally want answers,
not questions.
Teachers and bosses
generally want answers,
But it’s a mistake to let that
inquiry “app” go unused.
Questioning can do as much
for adults as for kids—
helping us to
explore
helping us to
discover
helping us to
innovate.
It’s no accident that
many innovators and
entrepreneurs
are great questioners.
They use thoughtful inquiry
to navigate uncertainty and
They use thoughtful inquiry
to navigate uncertainty and
They use thoughtful inquiry
to navigate uncertainty and
They use thoughtful inquiry
to navigate uncertainty…
and find their way to
breakthrough ideas and
big payoffs.
and find their way to
breakthrough ideas and
big payoffs.
A number of the billion
dollar tech start-ups,
A number of the billion
dollar tech start-ups,
from Instagram and Nest
A number of the billion
dollar tech start-ups,
from Instagram and Nest
to Pandora and Airbnb
sprang from insightful
questions raised and tackled
by the founders.
So… how do you
So… how do you
So… how do you
get better at questioning?
It starts with releasing
your inner 4-year-old.
It starts with releasing
your inner 4-year-old.
Why?
It starts with releasing
your inner 4-year-old.
Good questioners try to look
at the world around them
with a curious,
observant eye and a
“beginner’s mind,”
with a curious,
observant eye and a
“beginner’s mind,”
taking time to wonder
about things others
take for granted.
taking time to wonder
about things others
take for granted. ??
?
And they’re not afraid
to give voice to the
most fundamental
“why” questions—
even though such questions
can make the questioner
seem naïve.
When innovators like the
late Steve Jobs
When innovators like the
late Steve Jobs
or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos
When innovators like the
late Steve Jobs
or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos
ask those childlike “why”
questions,
they’re digging beneath
assumptions
they’re digging beneath
assumptions
and conventional wisdom
to try to get at a deeper truth
and a possible untapped
opportunity.
and a possible untapped
opportunity.
So, asking “why”
is a great start…
but we’ve all seen the
questioning child
who goes ’round and ’round
in a circle of endless “whys.”
who goes ’round and ’round
in a circle of endless “whys.”
progressing from
“Why” to
progressing from
“Why” to
“What if” to
progressing from
“Why” to
“What if” to
“How.”
A questioner can move
forward on almost any
problem or challenge
by first trying to understand it
by first trying to understand it
(Why is this a problem?)
then imagining possible
solutions
then imagining possible
solutions
(What if I came at the
problem this way,
or that way?)
and finally trying to figure
out practical ways
to turn those what-if ideas
and possibilities
into realities.
to turn those what-if ideas
and possibilities
into realities.
(How might I actually begin
to make this happen?)
It’s not just about typing in
a query on Google
to get easy answers.
Thoughtful, productive
questioning is a process.
Thoughtful, productive
questioning is a process.
Thoughtful, productive
questioning is a process.
Thoughtful, productive
questioning is a process.
It takes time, considerable
thought, and often hands-on
experimentation.
It takes time, considerable
thought, and often hands-on
experimentation.
But if we’re willing to put in
the effort to ask and act on
better questions…
it can help us work through
thorny problems in
business	
  
it can help us work through
thorny problems in
business	
  
and every day life…	
  
and can lead us to
powerful insights and
fresh possibilities.
So… what’s the market value
of an app
that can do all that?
So… what’s the market value
of an app
that can do all that?
So… what’s the market value
of an app
that can do all that?
Priceless.
Read the handbook
on mastering your
“question app”
Read the handbook
on mastering your
“question app”
onsaleeverywhere
For more about the power of questioning visit AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com
onsaleeverywhere
For more about the power of questioning visit AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions
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What would you pay for an app that delivers brilliant ideas and life solutions? A blogshare by Warren Berger, author of A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION

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The Amazing App that Delivers Brilliant Ideas and Life Solutions

  1. 1. Everyone knows about the mobile messaging app that sold for $19 billion.
  2. 2. But have you heard about another amazing app—
  3. 3. the one that helps you figure out what to do whenever you’re faced with a problem or a challenge?
  4. 4. the one that helps you figure out what to do whenever you’re faced with a problem or a challenge?
  5. 5. the one that helps you figure out what to do whenever you’re faced with a problem or a challenge?
  6. 6. that increase your chances of success?
  7. 7. And may lead to wealth and happiness?
  8. 8. And may lead to wealth and happiness?
  9. 9. Here’s the best news about this app:
  10. 10. Here’s the best news about this app: you don’t have to acquire it…
  11. 11. because you were born with it.
  12. 12. The “app” in question
  13. 13. You can see this natural ability on full display in the average 4-year-old…
  14. 14. for whom questioning is as normal as breathing, and almost as important.
  15. 15. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of,
  16. 16. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of, and successfully navigate,
  17. 17. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of, and successfully navigate, the strange new world around them.
  18. 18. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of, and successfully navigate, the strange new world around them.
  19. 19. Studies show we tend to hit our questioning peak around age 4 or 5,
  20. 20. Studies show we tend to hit our questioning peak around age 4 or 5, and then ask fewer questions as we get older..
  21. 21. Not that we’ve lost the ability to question—
  22. 22. Not that we’ve lost the ability to question— we just don’t exercise it as much.
  23. 23. Not that we’ve lost the ability to question— we just don’t exercise it as much.
  24. 24. Teachers and bosses generally want answers,
  25. 25. Teachers and bosses generally want answers, not questions. Teachers and bosses generally want answers,
  26. 26. But it’s a mistake to let that inquiry “app” go unused.
  27. 27. Questioning can do as much for adults as for kids—
  28. 28. helping us to explore
  29. 29. helping us to discover
  30. 30. helping us to innovate.
  31. 31. It’s no accident that many innovators and entrepreneurs are great questioners.
  32. 32. They use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty and
  33. 33. They use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty and
  34. 34. They use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty and
  35. 35. They use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty…
  36. 36. and find their way to breakthrough ideas and big payoffs.
  37. 37. and find their way to breakthrough ideas and big payoffs.
  38. 38. A number of the billion dollar tech start-ups,
  39. 39. A number of the billion dollar tech start-ups, from Instagram and Nest
  40. 40. A number of the billion dollar tech start-ups, from Instagram and Nest to Pandora and Airbnb
  41. 41. sprang from insightful questions raised and tackled by the founders.
  42. 42. So… how do you
  43. 43. So… how do you
  44. 44. So… how do you get better at questioning?
  45. 45. It starts with releasing your inner 4-year-old.
  46. 46. It starts with releasing your inner 4-year-old.
  47. 47. Why? It starts with releasing your inner 4-year-old.
  48. 48. Good questioners try to look at the world around them
  49. 49. with a curious, observant eye and a “beginner’s mind,”
  50. 50. with a curious, observant eye and a “beginner’s mind,”
  51. 51. taking time to wonder about things others take for granted.
  52. 52. taking time to wonder about things others take for granted. ?? ?
  53. 53. And they’re not afraid to give voice to the most fundamental “why” questions—
  54. 54. even though such questions can make the questioner seem naïve.
  55. 55. When innovators like the late Steve Jobs
  56. 56. When innovators like the late Steve Jobs or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos
  57. 57. When innovators like the late Steve Jobs or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos ask those childlike “why” questions,
  58. 58. they’re digging beneath assumptions
  59. 59. they’re digging beneath assumptions and conventional wisdom
  60. 60. to try to get at a deeper truth
  61. 61. and a possible untapped opportunity.
  62. 62. and a possible untapped opportunity.
  63. 63. So, asking “why” is a great start…
  64. 64. but we’ve all seen the questioning child
  65. 65. who goes ’round and ’round in a circle of endless “whys.”
  66. 66. who goes ’round and ’round in a circle of endless “whys.”
  67. 67. progressing from “Why” to
  68. 68. progressing from “Why” to “What if” to
  69. 69. progressing from “Why” to “What if” to “How.”
  70. 70. A questioner can move forward on almost any problem or challenge
  71. 71. by first trying to understand it
  72. 72. by first trying to understand it (Why is this a problem?)
  73. 73. then imagining possible solutions
  74. 74. then imagining possible solutions (What if I came at the problem this way, or that way?)
  75. 75. and finally trying to figure out practical ways
  76. 76. to turn those what-if ideas and possibilities into realities.
  77. 77. to turn those what-if ideas and possibilities into realities. (How might I actually begin to make this happen?)
  78. 78. It’s not just about typing in a query on Google to get easy answers.
  79. 79. Thoughtful, productive questioning is a process.
  80. 80. Thoughtful, productive questioning is a process.
  81. 81. Thoughtful, productive questioning is a process.
  82. 82. Thoughtful, productive questioning is a process.
  83. 83. It takes time, considerable thought, and often hands-on experimentation.
  84. 84. It takes time, considerable thought, and often hands-on experimentation.
  85. 85. But if we’re willing to put in the effort to ask and act on better questions…
  86. 86. it can help us work through thorny problems in business  
  87. 87. it can help us work through thorny problems in business   and every day life…  
  88. 88. and can lead us to powerful insights and fresh possibilities.
  89. 89. So… what’s the market value of an app that can do all that?
  90. 90. So… what’s the market value of an app that can do all that?
  91. 91. So… what’s the market value of an app that can do all that?
  92. 92. Priceless.
  93. 93. Read the handbook on mastering your “question app”
  94. 94. Read the handbook on mastering your “question app”
  95. 95. onsaleeverywhere For more about the power of questioning visit AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com
  96. 96. onsaleeverywhere For more about the power of questioning visit AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com

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