An Inquisitive Mind is a Growing Mind

Asking questions unlocks possibilities that we might not know are there if we insist on thinking we know the answers. The quote “an inquisitive mind is a growing mind” came to me as I was engaged in a discussion about the human experience with a very intelligent high schooler who is thoroughly engrossed by the Star Wars saga. This blog is inspired by that conversation.

For some asking questions poses a unique challenge that I’d very much like to understand. It’s fascinating being on the other side of the spectrum, where I love asking questions. Everytime I ask a question I feel as though my brain is gaining a new level of understanding. Regardless of the field or topic the incoming information is exhilerating.


If you’re one of those individuals that provides nothing but answers, and scarcely asks questions. Do you know why you communicate in this way? Do you find it challenging to formulate questions?

I love science because it’s the world of questions, and seeking to find answers, which leads to more questions. As I sit here staring at the screen, I’m questioning how can I get you to engage in this dialogue. If you make a statement or ask a question you’re partaking in this community. What did I do this specific time that inspired you to interact? I want to learn so that I can repeat it.

This will be my last blog of 2017. I will see you all in 2018 with more questions and insights. What are you creating for yourself and your life in 2018? It’s going to be a beautiful year.

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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3 thoughts on “An Inquisitive Mind is a Growing Mind”

  1. Reblogged this on DL Fowler's Blog and commented:
    This blog article appeared the same day as an article on LinkedIn about “emotional leadership.” Both authors address the importance of communicating with questions. I think these articles resonate with me because I’ve often noticed that the smartest person in a room is the one with the most questions. In fact, Einstein famously said that he wasn’t smarter than anybody else, but that he was more curious than most. What questions stalk you through your days?

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    1. Thank you for reblogging my post. Can you provide the link for the “emotional leadership article”? I’d love to read it. A question that stalks me through out the day is; what are the stories of others lives that have formed that methods of processing emotions? I think I can word that more succinctly, but that is what’s coming to mind at the moment. I love this question, because every answer will be unique.


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