Tag: curiosity

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Thinking about questions

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The more absurd questions, the better.

It’s as if people hold back their inquisitiveness to avoid the pedestal of ridicule. Shying away from raising your hand backlashes over time. Playing it safe merely postpones fear, submerging us into a habit of permanent hesitation that flinches instead of flourishes.

The infinitely curious never left school as an efficient automaton — they entered life as a creative enforcer.

A true explorer of the world calls on themselves to challenge the status quo if only to understand why certain conditions and fixed truths exist in the first place.

Questions are triggers for experiences. It is the inertia of others that presents an opportunity to keep pushing forward.

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A curious rebel

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When in doubt, you can always depend on your curiosity. It is the fire starter for all important questions.

But inquisitiveness is not the only fuel you need. Sometimes you need an anarchic kick. The best medicine is straight-up rebellion.

When conviction fights convention and curiosity whets the mind, the amalgam produces an orderly disorder that begs for reinvention.

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Confident in your own curiosity

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Filled with doubts, new ideas nevertheless take shape around secure curiosity.

Instead of resisting the fear, we dance with it and set the brain roaming on possibilities.

You don't need to know how exactly things are going to play out when you're effortfully learning. Doubt only adds fuel to churning pessimism.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

Dorothy Parker

The smallest egos just want to question, not only for themselves but for other people. They seek meaning rather than pursuing the ephemeral pulses of selfishness.

A love for learning is a choice. And the more you put into it, the deeper your knowledge grows.

The curious mind neither sinks nor floats. It says more with fewer words. All it asks for is a little spontaneity, so it never falls ill to entropy.

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Go another click

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Ask more questions, not because you want to be right but because you're naturally curious and want to know more about the spaces inside, not the exterior of opinion. Wrote René Magritte: “Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.

Every thought has one that precedes it. Opinions can be traced back to what you've seen, heard, or read in an effort to confirm bias. But loosen the emotional grip of sidedness. Said physicist Richard Feynman, “You must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Have strong opinions, weakly held

It is not necessary to be confident in order to act. “Rightness,” wrote author Louis Menand, “will be, in effect, the compliment you give to the outcome of your deliberations.” Your gut instincts remain plastic. Dealing with conflict and uncertainty is what makes us human and non-robotic.

Going deeper provides more questions than answers. Curiosity stimulates the will for discovery. Things tend to only make sense in reverse.

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Combine your disciplines 

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Do you want to be the thinker or the doer, the unifier or the diversifier, the critic or the artist?

There's no shame in preferring one versus the other. Someone has to originate and birth a concept, and someone else has to test it and give it light.

But what if you combined disciplines

With a little moxie, the observer and the maker can become one of the same: a scientist.

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Pockets of attention

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Issac Asimov used to spend four hours a day writing. He wrote nearly five hundred books in his lifetime. Warren Buffet says he spends hours a day reading in his office.

What does this say?

There's a time for consuming and a time for producing.

Those that will thrive in the 21st century are those who can toggle between the rapid digital pace yet still create little pockets of attention for themselves to write a blog post or read a book. Single-tasking intends to go deeper.

Attention is scarce. But the abundance of information is also helpful. It feeds you with ideas and makes you realize there's so much to learn and so much more to do. But without moments, even half-hour, of single-tasking it's almost impossible to obtain the deep insight you're looking for. For that, you need to chew on something for a while.

The ability to weave in and out of pockets of concentration, to get some stimulation and then come back to your work is the key, per say.