“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.”
― Claude Lévi-Strauss
I ask a lot of questions. And most of the time, I start with the very basics.
Knowledge typically starts from an elementary framework, develops and becomes more robust as time goes on. You don’t jump right into quantum physics if you want to get an understanding of science – you start with Science 101.
So often, we skip past the framework. We jump to the meat – the juicy stuff, and we end up overlooking the key elements to developing a foundation of understanding.
And its the understanding of how things work that really expands our output to the world.
You can see patterns in every part of our daily lives. When you commit to learning the basics before jumping into the dense material, your ability to really grasp the subject will totally change. I never dig into the details until I fully understand the premise.
If we can develop a framework for understanding the basics, our ability to understand and grasps new topics will start to become a breeze.
Just don’t be tempted to jump ahead. Start with the basics.