Ask Stupid Questions

July 31, 2023

“This may be a stupid question, but…”

I’ve heard this several times in my office.

In all honesty, I wish it was asked more.

Rarely is it ever a genuinely stupid question, and when other people are present some of them have the same question.

Asking stupid questions is far better than not asking.

The fastest way to remain ignorant is to not ask questions.

The problem with this attitude is that it lets the fear of what other people think outweigh increasing your own understanding.

Now that’s stupid.

Curiosity is the gift of the wise.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your financial life too.

  • Why are you investing and saving and spending like you are?
  • Are there things that you could be doing in your portfolio or in your estate that may provide a better outcome?
  • Are there questions about your future that you are afraid to ask because you fear aging or family conflict or what your spouse or kids will think?

If you have a financial advisor, ask them questions.

If they don’t want to answer questions, they are not an advisor in the truest sense of the word. They are just a salesperson.

They should also be curious about you. They can’t properly advise if they don’t know you, and they can’t know you without asking questions.

Think about how many breakthroughs in the understanding of our world would have never happened if scientists never asked questions.

Even supposed “heretical” ones. (Hat tip: Galileo Galilei).

This goes for you too.

“Same ole same ole” will remain, if you don’t ask.

So start asking stupid questions.