For several weeks now, my left index finger has been twitching. Out of the clear blue, twitching.
I did what most people do, looked up “finger twitching” on Google. Now, there’s plenty of problems with online medical diagnosis, but the main problem is my brain. It seems to be wired to click only on the articles that have the most severe diagnosis. So, my eye scans Page One of my Google search, locking in on an article where finger twitching was the first sign of a deadly brain tumor. I’m immediately drawn to the worst case scenario. I can’t help myself.
But, was I asking Google the right question? No.
I have a Juris Doctorate degree, but zero medical background–so the medical questions I’m asking Google are not going to help me. To get to the right answers, I’ll go see my doctor and he’ll ask me the right questions. I don’t know the right questions to ask. Now, when your doctor asks you series of seemingly unrelated questions–there’s a method to their madness. These odd doctor questions have a purpose, and we all must suffer through them eventually.
The great Tony Robbins reasons that “quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” I see his point. Any 6th grader can “get answers” just by asking Google. Getting answers isn’t the point. The point is, are you asking the right questions? Does anyone ever admit that they’re asking the wrong questions? Most people don’t ask the right questions, especially when it comes to legal stuff. I’m not offended by that, as it is my job to ask the right questions.
As a general rule, Tony Robbins suggests “starting every day by asking yourself these 3 questions:
(1) What is something I can do for someone else today?
(2) What is something I can do to add value to the world today?
(3) What is something that I have to offer other people?”
[See “Ask Better Questions”, www.tonyrobbins.com/masterpiece/ask-better-questions/] Continue Reading