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Add Power to Your Questions

All you need to know about Questions

Bill Abbate
Published in
7 min readDec 17, 2022
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At the foundation of serious learning is curiosity. Curiosity leads to questions that create knowledge, understanding, increased awareness, and wisdom.

Some of the most important questions are about ourselves, helping us learn what makes us tick.

Read on to learn more about this crucial life skill and how you can develop it!

Why ask questions?

Did you notice the above subtitle? It’s a question that hopefully piqued your curiosity and desire to learn about this invaluable life skill.

“In the presence of the question, the mind thinks again.” Nancy Kline (1946-present) from Time to Think

In her book Time to Think, Nancy Kline stated, “The mind resists commands and responds to questions.” Your mind is wonderfully complex, and it doesn’t take kindly to being told what to do! Instead, your mind is inherently curious and responds to questions. Did you know these questions urge your brain to grow new cells (neurogenesis), regardless of age?

Ask questions about yourself and the world around you as often as possible, and you cannot help but enhance your life. Without curiosity and questions about yourself, you’re leading an unexamined life. As an ancient philosopher stated:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates (c. 470–399 BC)

While Socrates’ words may sound harsh, they contain much truth.

Examining your life requires curiosity and questions, and the quality of your questions determines the quality of what you learn.

Or put another way, the more powerful your questions, the greater the potential to increase your understanding.

Powerful questions

So how do you ask more powerful questions? By understanding the structure behind them and the difference between weak and powerful questions. Powerful questions always produce greater insight and learning.

Low-power questions



Bill Abbate

Leadership Writer and Editor in ILLUMINATION, Leadership/Executive Coach, Author