The Questions Matter
Don’t Quit Your Day Job recently asked, “Should engineers and business majors pay higher tuition?”
I read that and wondered if the answers would be any different if the question were phrased differently. What if, instead of asking whether some majors should pay a higher tuition, we asked whether some majors should pay a reduced tuition?
Not because of the differences in the cost to educate the different majors (because I’m not all that convinced that there is such an enormous difference) but because of the differences in likely pay afterward. After all, we know that social workers and teachers typically make much less money than say, an engineer or a manager.
You might get a different answer, right? (Or at the very least, come up with different arguments.)
That’s because the questions you ask matter.
Ask a different question, get a different answer
For example, think about the difference between these two questions:
“Will I ever be rich?” and “How can I become rich?”
The base assumptions in both cases are completely different.
In the first case, you’re not even sure whether it’s possible to become rich. You might look at your current bank balance and compare it to that of wealthy people, and decide that with such an enormous gulf you don’t even have a chance. So you don’t even try.
But asking how you can become rich means that somewhere inside, you already believe it’s possible.
You don’t waste your time on self-doubt. Instead, you get started. You take a look at how others have done the same, figure out a plan, and then put it into action. If you do have the occasional doubt later, you’re more easily able to just brush it aside and press on.
Ask yourself the right questions
So when you have a dream that you want to accomplish, ask yourself the right questions: How can you get to where you want to be? Who can help you get there? What can you get started on right now?
Then go for it.