What I learned from a 5 year old in Tim Horton’s

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One day, I was sitting inside Tim Horton’s waiting for a friend. At the table next to mine, there was a grandma with her grandson, who seemed approximately 5 years old. Whenever the grandma spoke, the grandson would always ask her one question: “Why?” And every single time, she patiently and nicely explained why. Even if he kept asking that over and over again.

Seeing this unfold reminded me of when I was a little kid that used to ask questions. I never asked as much at he did, but unfortunately for me, the people I was with weren’t as patient as the grandma and were quick to give a negative answer and/or a negative consequence. Because of that happening a few times, I stopped asking questions completely back then, maybe except to my friends. Basically, I stopped being curious. I stopped learning from those more experienced and knowledgeable than me.

I didn’t realize the power of, not just “why?”, but of questions (even dumb ones) in general until then. Being curious is important for personal growth for both parties. If you’re not curious enough to ask and learn more, then you’ll never stimulate your brain, think deeper, and educate yourself on the wonders of the world. If no ones asks you questions, then you’ll never work on your communication (specifically explaining and demonstrating) and mentoring skills.

Though even nowadays, there are many people who won’t answer your question or does so negatively when you want to learn more from them. Is that what you want to do? Cut off someone who’s curious to know more? Someone who thinks you have answers that they themselves don’t? And of all the people out there they could ask, they chose you?

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