A creative person is by nature a questioner. They are driven by doubt, curiosity and wonderment. It is our questions that fuel and drive our thinking. Many problems arise from making assumptions. If you assume, you think you know when you probably don’t. Questioning destroys assumptions.
Ask questions of yourself constantly. Ask yourself these questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? You can learn more by looking for an answer than finding it. Questions are more important than answers because they help you to be more engaged with the world around you. Voltaire said ‘Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.’
Visitors to galleries spend an average of eight seconds looking at a painting. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum restored Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch at great cost. The curators wanted to extend the time visitors spent observing the painting so they asked them to submit questions.
The curators selected the 50 most popular questions and supplied answers. Many questions focused on topics curators don’t like to address: Can you prove Rembrandt painted it? How much is it worth? Are there any good forgeries of it? Are there mistakes in the painting? Why is it good? Why is it so gloomy?