5 minutes Vs. Forever

“One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question is a      fool forever.”   – Chinese Proverb

A lot of people are afraid to ask questions for fear of looking or sounding stupid, so they keep quiet.

If you don’t ask questions… How do you learn? Do you wait for someone else to ask? Do you ask the question yourself? Do you wait to see if you can find the answer in your text book? What do you do?

I propose that questions be asked. If you have a question, don’t keep it to yourself. Ask away! Not only are you helping yourself, but you’re helping your fellow class mates.

Asking questions is a good thing. It helps you learn, and grows your understanding.

Don’t be afraid of looking stupid for five minutes. Be afraid of not knowing the answer to your questions and possibly looking like a fool forever.

The college student is getting better and better at the art of asking questions. Or atleast from what I have seen in my two years at Collin. First coming into the college, I wasn’t much of one to put my self out there and ask a question. Highschool students, at least from my experience, have a harder time with asking questions in class. That’s what I was used to. I was used to the students remaining quiet throughout the class period as the teacher spoke. Coming to Collin, I wasn’t entirely prepared for asking questions in class. It seemed bizarre. But as time went on I started to appreciate the art of asking questions.

The Chinese proverb is a good reminder that asking questions is a good thing.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather look silly for five minutes to ask a question, than to look silly for, possibly, the rest of my life.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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One thought on “5 minutes Vs. Forever

  1. This is a great point. The benefits of asking any and all questions no matter how stupid they sound, far outweighs the whatever imagined benefits come from holding your tongue. Most often though a question sounds juvenile to you, other students are wondering the same thing, but they are to timid embarrassed to ask it. You can help them by asking it yourself, and your example of stepping out will encourage more questions.

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