I’m constantly learning, and constantly surrounded with people who are learning. I work in support, and I teach a development course. So whether it’s students, product users, coworkers or acquaintances, there are always a lot of questions flying around me (my own often included). Through emails, through Slack, in person, and anywhere else communication is taking place, questions are a big part of my life.

Recently, I began to notice the pattern.

There are two different ways to ask most of the questions in your life, and I’ve recently been thinking about the importance of the choice between the two.

The two ways to ask most given questions…

You probably already know how you feel about this piece before you even read this sentence.

You know from the title. You clicked it either thinking “yes, this is something I think I will fully agree with,” or “I’m gonna read just enough of this to know what kind of acerbic reply I need to leave this asshole,” most likely with some kind of link to scathing commentary or proof of some pseudo-scandal. …

There was a time in my life that my biggest goal was to be a professional songwriter.

I wanted to perform my songs too, sure. Renowned singer/songwriter was the ideal, but I was convinced that as long as I was writing songs for a living, even if I wasn’t the one actually performing them, I would be happy.

I spent years in bands that didn’t really get anywhere for the most part, and tried my hand as a solo performer, mostly failing pretty badly. …


Josh Collinsworth

Designer, WordPress instructor, Happiness Engineer, amateur TV critic, pun enthusiast.

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