This week I wrote the post, 3 Reasons Why Writers Should Know About the Distinction Between Theory and Practice, which was fun.
The post got me thinking more about curiosity, and how important being actively curious is to life in general, and then even more so, some would say, to innovation and leadership.
You may be asking, how did you get there from the post about writing and the distinction between theory and practice? Good question.
Because when you are actively curious, you are always looking. Looking for things to wonder about, to ask questions about, to, really, know more about.
Right now, I am working on a new post about curiosity, which starts with something like,
do you remember being a child and looking around and seeing everything, really, everything, in your context as a wonder?
Children have that sense of wonder about the world. Why? Well, in part, because they’ve not been socialized into thinking and/or acting in a particular way.
At that stage of development, everything is possible. All of it. And, you know what? It’s possible to live that way as an adult, every day. Really, it is. How do you ask? Well, we will discuss that more in the forthcoming post.
For now, I’d like to send you a few quotes about curiosity, as we head into this lovely weekend.
Here we go.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy ParkerWise Old Sayings
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” Marie CurieWise Old Sayings
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” Leo BurnettWise Old Sayings
“I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.” Albert Einstein
I’ve written before and said many times that it is in the spaces where vulnerability occurs that innovation will also occur. Well, when we are vulnerable, we are also naturally curious. I think we can safely say that
vulnerability + curiosity = innovation
As you walk through your weekend, take a look around, wonder about the things you see, ask questions you normally wouldn’t, and see what you end up knowing more about.
Be well. Be vulnerable. Be curious.