We can all agree that children are adorable. They ask the most adorable questions. Like why is the sky blue? Why do we have to put milk in cereal? Why not OJ? Why do we have to go to school?
As they ask more and more questions, we sometimes end up explaining “because that’s the way it is” or “because I said so.”
This makes sense because sometimes we just don’t have the time, the emotional energy, or the patience to explain.
Kids ask from a place of deep curiosity. They really want to know. They assume you know more. You’re willing to share. And you have good reasons to think the way you do.
You’re sitting on the same side of the table. No hidden motives. No traps to use against you later.
What would happen if you channel your inner child and adopt the same thinking when you’re trying to get someone to adopt your idea?
Before trying to persuade and influence, show genuine curiosity. Assume the other party is bright and has good reasons to oppose your idea. To work together to sort out what lead them to a different conclusion?
Thanks for staying curious!