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Stupid Questions

My brother said, “People like to say that there is no such thing as a stupid question but sometimes people ask stupid questions.  Like if there’s a bottle of water on the table and someone comes to the table and asks “Is this water?”  That’s a stupid question.”

I grew up being told that there is no such thing as a stupid question but I have to admit that my brother has a point.

I read an article on Linkedin that said you should never begin a sentence with “This might be a stupid question” because it means you lack confidence.  But what if the question is really stupid and you don’t acknowledge that it might be then don’t you just look like an idiot?

I think you should know if your question is stupid or not but still not be afraid to ask it.  Sometimes when I ask a stupid question the answer surprises me.  And then I think I’m glad I’m not afraid to look stupid.

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