The moment of discovery

The Coaching Habit is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller by Michael Bungay Stanier. It’s a book that I’m revisiting after having read it a year ago or so. Right at the beginning, I stumbled across this quote and it really resonated with me:

“What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.”

Jonas Salk

To me, this sums up beautifully what learning is all about. Because once you feel you’ve finally cracked the code, there’s a thousand other questions that come up in that moment of ‘discovery’. And therefore, learning is an exciting, never-ending journey.

Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. 

Salk spent his last years searching for a vaccine against AIDS. He died at the age of 80 in La Jolla, California. His life’s philosophy is memorialised at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, with his now famous quote:

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

Beautiful, isn’t it?


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