It has been said before that curiosity killed the cat. I tend to search for and think in a positive light. So, instead of the cat running out of lives, my own curiousness leads me in the direction of positivity
The light bulb. Sounds simple, right? If Albert Einstein hadn’t been curious, it’s difficult to assume what devices we could be using to light up a football stadium full of 100,000 spectators.
Those 4-wheeled things parked in all of our driveways. When’s the last time you hopped in one to travel ten hours away from your home? Imagine if you were saddled up on horseback making that last adventure. That Henry Ford must have been damn curious.
Each morning when I wake up, the questions begin rolling through my mind like a rolodex filled with thousands of numbers. How are my legs going to feel for my run this morning? Where should I run to? Should I try to push it today, or have a long recovery jog? Do I even feel like running? One question leads to an answer at which point in time I think of another question.
As the questions mount, I find myself more engaged. Once I am engaged, I am more likely to be receptive to my surroundings and learn and grow as an individual. Curiosity is an inherent component of our DNA. It is not meant to knock us down, to defeat us or to make us experience failure. In fact, its greater purpose is the exact opposite – the build us up, broaden our knowledge and have moments of success.
In those moments when we feel as though curiosity has gotten the best of us, this is when we celebrate the small victories because it is teaching us a lesson to be better the next time around. The next time around we will ask more questions and receive more answers. As we receive more answers, we will ask better questions and receive better answers and continue expanding our knowledge.
I like to think of it with the lead in phrase… “What would happen if I…”, or, “what would happen if I didn’t…”. This is your opportunity to be the next Christopher Columbus and sail across the ocean. This is the time to begin developing a business model for your dream company. This is the moment when you begin living with intention rather than regret.
- It allows you to remain young. Being curious requires taking risks, asking questions and doing things most others would shy away from. When’s the last time your mother thought about hiking a mountain? I’m almost certain she would feel young in doing something of this nature (despite the sore muscles and bones the next day) because she will have done something that not many other mother’s are doing.
- Expansion of knowledge. The more curious you are, the more questions you are inclined to ask. You know that one person you always see at the coffee shop that you’ve always said to yourself, “I wonder what his story is”? Now, I’m telling you to introduce yourself and ask questions. No doubt it will be awkward at first, but this is what it takes to learn. This is the meaning of engagement. Imagine yourself as the 5-year old in kindergarten asking every question imaginable, and soaking up every answer as if you were a sponge.
- It has the ability to be life altering. Had I not become curious about running, I would have never been converted to what I believe, in that I will be a lifelong runner. It would not have lead to me meeting my best friend. It would have taken me to live in a foreign country. It would not have allowed me to experience the few hardships and many successes of a rewarding career. More than anything, being curious has allowed me to wake up each morning feeling invigorated and excited for the day. No, running didn’t lead me to curing a disease or positively changing the lives of the masses, but it has changed my ways that were previously unimaginable.
Want a single tip on how to stay young, feel energized and live happily?
Here it is…
Short and sweet…
Be curious and ask questions.
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