Another useful addition to the “why” is the how. I personally love asking “how?”. I find that it completely reorganizes my brain and get me asking the right questions. How does this work? How could this be? How did we get to this point?
By asking how, we can see the blueprint of what others have already figured out for us. How does this process work? Is it the most efficient version? Can I improve it? What knowledge is this thing already built upon?
By knowing how things work, you set yourself up for success. Rather than relying on what other people told you, do some investigation for yourself. You don’t have to be an expert to have some knowledge on different topics. If you feel as though you continually draw the short straw in many situations, asking how did this happen, how did we end up here, etc, will probably help you avoid ending up in that situation again. Yes, bad things just happen sometimes. But wouldn’t it be great to reduce those chances?
How you may ask? Good question.