Why asking “Why”?

Why asking “Why”? Have you ever wondered about this question?

A “Why” will lead to a reason or purpose. Asking “Why” five times will lead to deeper reasons and a better purpose.
Why would you care about this exercise?

You’d care if you were looking for a holistic understanding of processes or situations.

How does it work?

  • Formulate the problem in one sentence.
  • Write the answer in one sentence.
  • Convert the previous answer into the next “Why” question.
  • Write the answer in one sentence.
  • Convert the previous answer into the next “Why” question.
  • Repeat three more times (or until you you have reached the cause of your problem).

Tipp: This also works great in a conversation with someone who seeks clarity on motives or underlying beliefs.

Why don’t you start asking “Why?” more often?


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