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My biggest learning in 2016



Clayton Christensen, currently a professor at Harvard Business School, is most famous for his book, The Innovator's Dilemma. In his latest book, 'How will you measure your life', he explains the idea of how we learn things.

To quote him:
"Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven't asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question - you have to want to know - in order to open up the space for the answer to fit."
A lot of what I write starts with questions in my head. Questions that come to mind at ungodly hours and stay there in the background until a satisfactory answer comes across. And then, as I read something or watch a movie, or talk to someone, if there is something to be taken away to answer the questions hanging around at the back of my mind, then that is exactly what happens. I take away something from the things I read, the movies I watch and the conversations I have.

That has been my biggest learning in 2016. Although I write simple because I want to and enjoy doing so, it has enhanced my life by letting me learn a lot more than I would otherwise have.

Writing is a way for me to think up questions and create spaces for the answers to fit. But it isn't the only way. Each one will have their own way of generating questions.

James Altucher lists down ten ideas every day. Ten ideas about anything. While one day he lists ten fintech startup ideas, the next day he lists ten alternative endings for The Dark Knight series.

But whatever the method, the idea is to generate questions. So that when we come across the answers, they have a place to go. 

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