I once wrote about the difference between inquiry and query. Inquiry is about posing authentic questions without any real understanding of where the inquiry will take you. Query is quite the opposite. Query is about the need for computers to anticipate what questions are posed and knowing precisely where they will take you. The richest learning, I and others suggest, occurs with the former. It is inquiry that spawns insight.
But with inquiry comes a willingness to fail–and fail hard. Go ahead and immerse yourself in others’ big failures for a few minutes. It will leave you amped to ask all those crazy questions the day-to-day grinds out of you.