Pride Goeth Before the Fall

When you learn how to ask the right question, you are able to move forward with wisdom. “Knowledge is like someone giving you a gold coin.” – Aaron Young’s father

We just don’t know what we don’t know. It’s a given that no matter how much we know in life, there’s always going to be something we’re not familiar with or haven’t learned, so the sooner we are able to humble ourselves and become teachable, the faster success will come.

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It’s empowering to ask questions because you’re giving yourself a gift of new knowledge. When we learn how to ask the right questions, we are given nuggets of knowledge to help us move beyond embarrassment and avoid becoming victims.

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“Keep looking up, and I’ll keep looking out.” –Aaron Young

Welcome to The Lookout Society Podcast, where Aaron shares a story from his life, then connects it with a business principle to pass on. This is his way of helping others that are also going down an entrepreneurship path as contributing members to society. As an added bonus, Aaron sometimes shares wonderful gems of Oregonian knowledge from his home state and weaves the passion he has for the community he lives in as an invitation for others to visit the Pacific Northwest.

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To be successful you’ve got to be teachable. Ask questions and look up words or information you don’t know, which will change your perspective and give you a better appreciation on the topic. By not being prideful, you will be able to open up your mind; be authentic, not a phony. You become the expert as soon as you have the answer.




I use to carry a pocketbook dictionary and thesaurus with me everywhere I went. I still have them, only now I can use my smartphone, but I’ve always had a fascination with the flavor of words. I was reminded of this during today’s podcast on asking the write questions by learning to be teachable. I use to carry a little tablet (not an electronic device tablet, but one with wire bound paper) around in college full of handwritten phrases and words that I would savor or write down to later look up if I couldn’t find it in my pocket dictionary. While reading, I would underline in my books an unknown word or one I appreciated the author using so I could use it eventually myself.


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A life-long learner and unashamed history nerd, Natalie is a certified teacher in secondary education history and English turned stay at home mom. She is the mother of four energetic children all two years apart from 8 to 2 and recently celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary with the only boyfriend she ever had. After the kiddies are put to bed, she writes show notes as she continues to ignite her passion for writing and editing, fact checking and learning to make the world wide web a more educated place. When we learn that more gets accomplished when we replace “can’t” with “can” so many possibilities are opened to us. In the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

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