Ask The Question And You’ll Find The Answer

Ask the question and you’ll find the answer, and it may be much more simple than you thought!

I had a technical question I needed answering (I always struggle with techie stuff so like to get good advice before I make any major moves!) and so I contacted my hosting company on live chat.  The silly part about it is as soon as I’d asked the question the simplest solution popped into my head!  A bit of typing later and the techincal help confirmed what I was thinking.  But before I asked the question I had no idea there was simple answer.

I had thought and thought about what the solution could be and came up with no answers at all.  Eventually I thought of a really complicated way to solve the situation, but it was so complicated I decided I should ask the hosting company if I was doing it right.  And that triggered a much better resolution to the problem.  I didn’t need the confirmation of the hosting company in the end, but if I had not asked them the question the simple answer would not have come to me.

There is a saying that the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.  How true that is!

So if you are pondering over something ask the question and you’ll find the answer and it might come from yourself, not the person you are asking!

36 Comments

  • Kim Stanbrook
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    Reply Reply September 23, 2012

    This is so true and happened to me recently too. I couldn’t remember how to change something on my website so sat on a call waiting for help for about 20 minutes. Just before the person answered I had worked it out! Still I did check what I had worked out would work okay.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 23, 2012

      Hi Kim, thanks for visiting. Isn’t it funny that we simply cannot think of it until we make that call! It’s great to have our method confirmed by someone in ‘authority’ though.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Nicholle Olores

    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    I think many of us have encountered these things in our lives.
    Me, I personally been into that scenario, I feel very blank and I don’t realize that answers are very easy! I think it’s just about being out of our mind sometime or maybe, thinking of something too much!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 24, 2012

      Hi Nicholle, thanks for visiting. I love that comment that it is sometimes thinking about something too much! I can do that and get completely bamboozled and confused with it all, particularly when it comes to techie stuff!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kerris Torkington
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    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    Hi Mandy
    This happened to me recently, I was trying to work out how to summarise my posts and was just about to go searching You Tube, but my good friend Angus actually posted a blog about this very thing.
    What is they say, put it out there and the answers will come to you. I love the fact that there are many people out there that are offering help and support to each other.
    Kerris
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 24, 2012

      Hi Kerris, thanks for visiting. Great saying you’ve reminded me of – put it out there and the answers will come to you. And yes, I agree that it is great that there are so many helpful people.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    Oh my gosh Mandy, the same thing happened to me last week too.

    I created a new blog and I was using a domain name that I had set up for a splash page but decided to take that down and create a blog. No big deal, done this many times before.

    I deleted the splash page altogether and set up my blog. When I went to view the site though, the splash page was still there although I had deleted everything. I fought with this for an entire day checking and rechecking my work.

    The next morning I called my hosting service and once they told me what the problem was I felt so stupid. I should have known, it was one of those things you slap yourself in the head over but you’re right! Had I not asked it wouldn’t have come to me until probably later that day when I had exhausted everything else.

    No question is really dumb because that’s how we learn right! Glad you got that resolved.

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 24, 2012

      Hey, Adrienne, thanks for visiting. They say the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked, don’t they. If you don’t ask the question you really won’t find the answer!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Beth Hewitt
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    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    It is so true. When ever i do any training or chair any meetings, most of them time I will make the point of saying, if you have any stupid questions just ask, because they are normally the ones that most people want to know, but are too scared to ask.

    I am usually the one with my hand in the air going, “this might sound stupid but….!” I learnt early on that it was OK to ask silly questions and that method has served me well. ( I know a lot of very sensible answers to stupid questions lol)

    One more thing Mandy, you keep saying that you are not techie, but I think you don’t give yourself the credit you deserve. You probably know more than you think!

    It’s been great hanging out with you 🙂

    To Your Continued Success,

    Beth 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Hi Beth, thanks for visiting. Yes, others often learn from your questions. Sometimes people are too afraid to ask themselves so we should be bold and ask, even if we think it’s stupid, because we are, after all, just helping the others out, aren’t we! Thanks for the words about my (non) techie abilities! I just feel there are so many things I cannot do that others seem to have no trouble with. I would ove to take a course to learn it, but I need to be in a classroom with the teacher to do that. I don’t learn well at home alone as if I don’t quite ‘get it’ there’s no-one to ask. ‘Monkey see, monkey do’ videos are all very well but often I have found they don’t tell you why you are doing it, they just tell you to do it. I do need to know why I am doing something…

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

  • Janelle Wright
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    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    How true is that!

    The power of asking questions is amazing…

    It’s like typing into Google and up pops the answer!
    The better quality of questions you ask the better the answer 🙂

    I read a great book my Noah St John where he talks about the power of Afformations (asking questions) and the power of our mind to solve ‘perceived’ problems…as you said Mandy the answer might come from yourself!

    Great post.

    Janelle
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  • Jeevan Jacob John

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Agree, Mandy 😉

    No question is too silly to ask, if we have any doubt, ask it – ourselves and others. It doesn’t matter if we think it is silly or stupid (for all we know, we could figure out the solution ourselves and share it with others who face the same problem).

    A simple idea, but a very powerful one 😉

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hi Jeevan, thanks for visiting. Yes, and exactly what Beth said, you ask the question, find the answer, share the answer, then you know but others may not. The only silly question if the one that isn’t asked!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Sergio Felix
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    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Haha Mandy,

    This has happened me a number of times with a lot of things, not just techie related stuff.

    Sometimes I’m really stubborn to not ask and when I’m finally desperate and ask, the answer will just pop out straight out of nowhere!

    Obviously, this is something that it doesn’t happens all the time, otherwise I would be asking myself “how to become really wealthy online?” but you get the idea.

    I strongly agree on that the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.

    Cheers Mandy, speak soon! 😉

    Sergio
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 27, 2012

      Hey, Sergio, good to see you here. Thanks for visiting. Love your example – oh, but if there was a magic question we could ask and it would all pop into our heads! I laughed when I read that you are too stubborn to ask sometimes. Me too, but also it’s sometimes because I don’t want to look stupid. I know there’s a simple solution but somehow always come up with the most complicated answer!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jon Barry
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    Reply Reply September 29, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    It is amazing, our brains.

    By working out the question to ask for help, our creative side kicks in, often with an answer….

    Why it doesn’t kick in when we are trying to think of the solution in the first place….. Is part of the mysteries of the mind!

    When we started in our MLM the big leader, several levels up would talk about the blue and red books…..

    It took a lot of meetings, until I eventually asked, what are the blue and red books? He said, you know, the blue and red books given to you when you started….

    Basically, the two training manuals, our upline and above didn’t bother to but them for us, never mentioned them, and left us to figure everything out for ourselves…..

    And I still have them….. Must read them sometime!

    Almost as bad as not asking the question is assuming everyone is on the same page as you, you do need to check!

    Thanks for reminder…..

    Never assume, and always question!

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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 29, 2012

      Hi Jon, thanks for visiting. What a true statement you have made there, Jon, about assuming people are on the same page. Again if the questions are not asked then the answer will not be known.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Barry Wells
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    Reply Reply October 1, 2012

    Hi Mandy, glad the answer came to you.

    You’re so right… If we need an answer of any sort then simply ask the question. regardless of whether we feel stupid or not at least we’ll have an answer and be able to move on 🙂

    I hope that you’re well Mandy.

    Take care,
    Barry
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply October 1, 2012

      Hi Barry, thanks for visiting. It certainly seems simple to ask a question but aren’t we so often too self conscious to do that. Getting the answer does enable us to move on though.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Barry, soon be over for me, thank goodness, hope you are moving forward too!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Ken Kinstle
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    Reply Reply October 2, 2012

    I have found that when it appears unsolvable, if I can wait till the next day the problem is usually solved easily.. Thanks for the great information Mandy!

    Ken
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  • Emilia

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    This is great advice. Sometimes it’s just as simple as thinking about that one question we need answered. It’s happened to me, too, that the moment I try asking something, the solution just pops up in my head. But it’s always worth asking! Thanks for the article.

  • George Park
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    Reply Reply October 9, 2012

    Hey Beth,

    Isn’t it amazing how we make things more complicated than they are and always believe the answer must be more complicated than it is?

    And yes, you are absolutely correct in saying that the only stupid question is the unasked one.
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  • Steve Calito

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more. A stupid question is indeed the one that is not asked. I have no idea why some people are so afraid of asking questions about some things.

  • Jon Donavan

    Reply Reply October 14, 2012

    You’re right. Some times i thought about various question, then i was frustrated also until now. But now I’ve inspired by your excellent article and i hope , I’ll gain and will go ahead.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Jon, thanks for visiting. As someone else pointed out, sometimes not thinking about it can bring the answer.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Darren

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Hey Mandy,
    Something like this can really stop you in your tracks, it can be something really simple like me recently I couldn’t remember the tags to centre a form so was trawling google for it.
    ah well you just have to get on
    good luck
    Darren.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Darren, thanks for visiting. I find I forget the simple things more than the complicated things! Must be a human trait.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dawn
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    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Hey Mandy

    Theres no such thing as a silly question. I used to fret all the time about asking things like that so I used to muddle along on my own getting nowhere…

    Used to waste loads of my time because I didn’t want to ask anyone in case they thought it was a basic question.

    Now I dont care and I ask away lol

    Maybe that comes with age lol

    Glad you got it sorted anyway and will have to catch up soon because it seems ages since we had a chinwag.

    Take care

    Dawn
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Dawn, thanks for visiting. Yes, we do waste a lot of time often being too afraid to ask a question that we may perceive as silly, but often others want to ask the same question too, don’t they.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jordan Rawlin
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    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    Hey Mandy, awesome post I find another good tip is to ask yourself the question then carry on with something else and don’t think or worry about what the problem was, usually I’ll think of the answer to the problem doing something random like cooking or listening to music, just some thoughts 🙂
    Jordan Rawlin.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Jordan, thanks for visiting. Yes, taking our mind off the subject often encourages the answer to come to us.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Julia

    Reply Reply October 26, 2012

    Hi Mandy!

    How true your post is! But at the same time I realize that if I quit thinking about a solution to my problem then a solution comes to me.

    Julia

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Julie, thanks for visiting. That’s a really good point too. It is in those quiet moments that the answer often appears to us, isn’t it.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Ricardo Cavallio

    Reply Reply October 30, 2012

    You are very right. A stupid question is the one that is not asked. And one thing that I have realized in time is that the answers to the questions we have lie within, not even the person we are asking.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Ricardo, thanks for visiting. Very good point about the answer often being inside of us rather than coming from an outside source. I know the answers are witihin, sometimes I have to ask someone else to draw them out of me though!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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