Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
“As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use”. This creates knowledge with depth and utility, but little novelty.
It’s our curiosity that keeps us young at heart and enables us to bring insight into every part of our day..Steve Jobs exemplified this when he used the calligraphy skills he learned whilst a university drop-out to create the varied typefaces in the Macintosh computer. Newton refined his thoughts on gravity after sitting under a tree and being hit on the head with an apple (ouch!) and Archimedes used his bath time to come to grips with the concept of volume.
The focus of our learning is often within the realms of knowledge we already have and so adds little to our insight. Indeed our lack of curiosity caused William James to cry “As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use”. This creates knowledge with depth and utility, but little novelty.
If we dig deep into the leaders who inspire, who create things from seemingly nothing, who join the dots when no one else can, we will find people who enjoy thinking.
Curiosity brings interesting days, and creates interesting people.
My challenge to you today: Do something new for no reason other than to salve your curiosity. You never know where it will lead.
And do as Stewart Brand desired of us:
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish”
Let me know how you go.
Jennifer is a strategy implementation coach who helps leaders turn their strategies into results.
She assists executives and business owners to achieve goals such as improved profit, productivity, leadership skills, business value. Her services are Business and Executive Coaching, Group Facilitation, Strategic Planning, and advising on Board Governance.
To find out how she can help you, call +61 439 520 182 or email.