There is nothing wrong in asking a question in order to gain knowledge. Asking the same question repeatedly though, will not endear you to people around you. In contrast, a genuine desire to learn, and humbling yourself by acknowledging you do not know it all, puts you in a good place in the hearts and minds of those around you. The key is to try our best not to ask the same questions repeatedly. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

While writing my book, I had the same experience as Dale Carnegie which he mentioned in his book, How To Win Friends And Influence People, “I once spent almost two years writing a book on public speaking and yet I found I had to keep going back over it from time to time in order to remember what I had written in my own book. The rapidity with which we forget is astonishing.”

There is nothing bad about being forgetful, what is bad is if we acknowledge our forgetfulness but do nothing about it. Carnegie reminds us that, “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.”

Excelling leaders are bold enough to ASK.

"Rethink without over-thinking"

By Dayo Sowunmi II

GAICD, M.Comp (Monash)

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