Curiosity

John Maxwell, one of my favorite authors, has stressed the importance of being curious. Here’s why: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom will not seek you out. You have to go after growth. And the best way to do that is to be curious.”

John C. Maxwell is a bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books. He was the number one leadership authority in the United States.  He was also identified as the most popular leadership expert globally in 2014. And for six years, voted as the top leadership professional.  He founded The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. EQUIP is a nonprofit organization that trains and coaches many leaders in 180 countries.

I am a strong believer that one needs to remain a lifelong curious learner to achieve the most in life.  My curiosity and attitude have gotten me in a lot of trouble, but live and learn right?

Life is about learning from mistakes, gaining self-awareness, and improving oneself every day. I have never been competitive with anyone, except for myself.  Everyone’s on a different journey and path.  I can only compete with myself yesterday and tomorrow as I know which path I am on.

How does one cultivate curiosity?  

Below are some ways I keep my curiosity and kindred spirit:

Always try different things

Challenge yourself!  Try something new.  Whether it’s reading a book or magazine in an area you know nothing about.  Listening to new genres of music.  Try a new cuisine.  Or go crazier and move to a country where you don’t speak the language for a few months.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t.  You are right.” – Henry Ford

Stop watching TV 

Instead of planting myself in front of a TV and put my brain on autopilot, I’ve stopped watching TV and hardly even watch movies nowadays.  Instead, I go for walks around my apartment while listening to podcasts and audiobooks.  Or sometimes, I walk around in awe around my neighborhood now that it’s “spring” and admire the wonders and colors that I see.  (It’s June, but only recently has started to get warmer here in Montreal and we’ve skipped spring and gone straight to summer.)

*insert collection of flower photos from recent walk*

Laugh more

I laugh a lot.  I laugh out loud even when I am alone.  I laugh a lot at myself, especially the stupid and weird shit that I find myself doing.  The more I laugh and find things funny, the less I care about what other people think and say.  Nowadays, I find everything funny, especially the life bloopers.  Such as me singing while skipping rope 

BILL GATES

“For the curious learner, these are the best of times because your ability to constantly refresh your knowledge with either podcasts or lectures that are online is better than ever.” 

According to Bill Gates, these are the best times for curious learners. They can refresh their knowledge through online lectures and podcasts. 

Bill stresses the importance of curiosity for the root of acquiring knowledge. A growth mindset as a foundation will drive you to stay curious and keep learning.

He maintained his appetite for curiosity and learned new things over his lifetime. He even reads up to 50 books a year. “It’s one of the chief ways that I learn, and has been since I was a kid.”

HENRY FORD

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

When Henry left the farm when he was 16, he began to explore his ideas out of curiosity by working at machine shops. He was willing to learn and take risks in working his way to his vision. He would leave certain companies if he feels that there is more opportunity to learn somewhere else. He had failed several times but in the end, Ford Motor Company was born.

STEVE JOBS

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Steve believed that curiosity and intuition are trustworthy guides. Be ready to try new things and to step out of your comfort zone, even if there are uncertainties in each decision, it’s important to have faith in your curiosity and intuition to guide you to the right path.  

For me, I “never ask why” in a sense where I always ask “why not”.  For example, if someone asks “why would you move to Australia?”, I always ask them “why wouldn’t I move to Australia?”  Or if someone asks me “why do you do Muay Thai?”, I always ask “why wouldn’t I do Muay Thai?”

Remember how curious we were as children?  There’s no reason to stop being curious and learning now that we are older.  What is stopping us?  Is it the lack of time?  Is it the lack of motivation?  Is it us being afraid of making mistakes?  

If children were afraid of falling when they are learning how to walk, none of us would know how to walk as adults. – I cannot remember where I heard this and cannot find anything online.  If you know, please let me know as I would love to give credit where it’s due.

Life is about learning from mistakes, gaining self-awareness, and improving oneself every day. I have never been competitive with anyone, except for myself. 

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Quotes

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t.  You are right.”

– Henry Ford 

“For the curious learner, these are the best of times because your ability to constantly refresh your knowledge with either podcasts or lectures that are online is better than ever.” 

– Bill Gates

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

– Steve Jobs

Challenge

When was the last time you were curious about something?  Did you take action?  Why or why not?

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