How cultivating your curiosity

 Having a growth mindset in today’s fast-paced economy is crucial. If you stand still while everyone moves forward, you are actually going backwards. To keep up with upcoming trends and to stay relevant in your industry, you must keep moving forward.

Let’s use inflation as an analogy. With so much news about inflation lately, I’m sure you already know what it is. However, if you don’t, inflation is the gradual dilution of purchasing power of a currency over time. The higher the inflation, the more money you need to buy something.

Your skills and knowledge are your currency; they determine the value of your time. If you spend all your time reliving the same experiences, your skills will become diluted, and the value of your time will decrease. Your salary might stay the same, but that same salary will buy you less over time, like having money in the bank and not gaining interest.

Curiosity prevents stagnation

A well-developed curiosity will keep your skills up-to-day, which will cause your longevity assets to gain value and pay interest. The more curious you are, the easier it is to learn, and this learning habit compounds. Joshua Foer uses the metaphor of a spider web in Moonwalking with Einstein to illustrate your ability to remember.

“Memory is like a spiderweb that catches new information. The more it catches, the bigger it grows. And the bigger it grows, the more it catches.”

Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein

Similarly, Kelsey Ramsden described in The Success Hangover that the secret to continued success is to stock your “experience pantry” with an ever-increasing number of ingredients (experiences). 

The more ingredients you have in your metaphorical pantry, the more creatively you can combine them. She used the analogy of a pantry, he uses a spiderweb, but the idea is the same: the more you have, the better.

Find your superpower in the hybrid of unrelated skills

Scott Young, Untralearning

The next level of curiosity

The more new experiences you have, the more of an edge you will have in your specialization as you connect ideas across disciplines. In How to Read a Book, this is defined as syntopic reading, emphasizing broad reading across literature focused on synthesis rather than analysis. 

Instead of syntopic reading, you will be living syntopically. Your experiences, combined with your knowledge, will allow you to make your dreams come true. As you connect new ideas, you become more competitive. 

Like architects and engineers finding natural inspiration, you will overflow with ideas. These ideas, coming from your unique knowledge and experience, can change the world if you let them. Channel them to create something new and keep going until all your dreams have come true. All you need is to learn to cultivate your curiosity. 

How to cultivate curiosity

Now that you know what makes curiosity essential, it’s time to learn how to cultivate it. Theoretically, it’s simple: meditate. I say theoretically because learning to meditate is much more complex than sitting pretty with your eyes closed. 

To meditate effectively, you must learn to direct your focus to a single item. This directed focus quiets your mind allowing it to make those wild connections. Meditation works because if you can learn to be curious about your breath, thoughts or a cup of coffee, you can learn to be curious about anything. 

In his book Deep Work, Cal Newport wrote of the importance of downtime for creativity. Your experiences should vary from highly intellectual to mindless. Without time being mindless, your brain can’t make broader connections. These mindless activities can include chopping onions, plowing the driveway or walking. 

The goal is to practice aimlessness. Work out, cook something nice, or talk to someone new; let your mind be free. All three activities will help you recharge your mind while being suitable for your longevity assets

Use your time mindfully, and you will be ready for whatever the future throws. If you are feeling inspired but are looking for someone to keep you accountable and help you along your path to change, let’s connect. 

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