Why doubt makes ideas stronger, leaders better, and life more wonderful
Learning has an intricate relationship with doubt. It seems they exist simultaneously in tension and dependence. Jason Fox explains,
It’s quite apparent that doubt is fundamental to all discovery, learning and growth. It’s an inherent element of the scientific method, and the precursor to all great questions and breakthroughs. Doubt births wisdom.
In his article he shares another triad of ideas about the potential benefits of doubt:
- Doubt makes ideas stronger
- Doubt makes leaders better
- Doubt makes life more wonderful
I particularly enjoyed his exploration of how our thinking and ideas are strengthened by dollops of doubt.
Doubt makes us ask more questions—better questions—which makes us explore more pathways. This, in turn, can lead to more clarity, confidence and conviction. We see more, and through the pursuit of good questions; we know more.