As the year comes to a close, I reflect on my successes and failures to consider growth for the new year. Questioning has been an important theme for me this year; and questioning is hard. It is the opposite of my desire to go with the flow and focus on the day to day activities. We live in a world where the old way is no longer good enough. Access to alternative expertise and skill is just a click away. Focusing on the day to day does not often bring about the change needed. Thomas L. Friedman highlights that “everyone who wants a job now must demonstrate how they can add value better than the new alternatives” (2013). It has become nearly impossible to succeed, or expect promotion as an employee, without becoming a lifelong learner. The skills and knowledge we obtain come closer to becoming obsolete every day. This is why we must embrace a mantra of questioning for life. We can keep the things we are passionate about and apply curiosity to explore how our interests fit into this technologically enhanced world. There are many gaps to fill by people of all different fields of study, skill levels and desires. Success awaits when there is an intentional approach to questioning for life.
Berger, Warren. A More Beautiful Question. Bloomsbury, 2014.
Friedman, T. (2013). It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. The Opinion Pages. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html