There are many benefits to being a collegiate intern: you can get lost in the building and ask for directions without getting laughed at too hard, or you can *lightly* hit your boss’ boss in the face with a door and get away with naught but a laugh. But chief among the benefits has to be the abundance of little tips and tricks that come your way from those who have spent more time working at the company. Of those, eight simple words really resonated: “Don’t be afraid to ask the simple questions”.
It’s those simple questions that get things done; that allow a conversation, or a discussion, or a brainstorming session to develop into something magical. Yet it’s those same simple questions that are often the hardest to ask: “Why is that?”, “What would that do?”, “What is the root cause of this?”, “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?”. All of these questions, sans the cookie jar one, if asked at the right time can make people consider not just the idea itself, but the reasoning behind it. And explaining something down to its root causes ain’t easy. It’s much less complicated to explain to an adult how an airplane stays up* than to explain why 1+1 is, in fact, equal to two**. The more basic the question, the more the answerer has to actually think before he or she speaks; and the more the deeper topics can be discussed and explored.
*An airplane flies due to a pressure difference between the top part of the wing and the bottom part which, at a certain airspeed and based on the shape of the wing, allows the airfoil to produce lift sufficient enough to overcome drag and gravity.
**1+1=2…because it just..does…? You try to explain this one and get back to me.