It has been said, "Hang out with wise people and you will be wise". Perhaps it could also be said, "Hang out with dumb people and you will be dumb".
I think everyone would agree with the above statements. If that is so, I have to ask myself, "Why is it that I do not hang out with more wise people?"
The solution to the above observation is that we probably do not want to ask the "dumb questions" because then everyone will know we are dumb or we are too insecure to admit to ourself and others that we do not know the answer. A business coach agreed that many CEO's of mid and large size companies commented that, they are generally insecure and really wonder if they know what they are doing.
So where does this get us?
Generally, we all are insecure and fearful of the opinions and thoughts of others. Getting the wrong answer in elementary school does not encourage one to keep asking questions. The cost of asking is greater than the cost of doing nothing.
The solution is to have your eyes and ears open to wisdom. It is out there crying in the streets. Have courage to ask questions. Get over your fear of what others think. Seek out wise counsel. Do not act in haste...be like Lincoln and invite those that share an opposing position to you into your inner cabinet.
We are all wiser together.