The Weekly Resolve Email 46 – Do Better, Stay Curious

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Steve Jobs once declared: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Of course, you don’t need to take his quote at face value. There is no need to starve yourself and give up on learning. If anything, Steve was trying to provoke a quality we all need to hold onto — to be curious.

You might be thinking how do we jump from hunger and stupidity to curiosity.

It’s a fair question.

Hunger prompts an urge we need to meet. With the need to quench the pains emanating from our tummies, we go into overdrive. A need to eat nudge’s us to ignore taste, thus we accept the need to eat food we might not ordinarily consume. For me aged eleven on my first summer camp, the choice of a never before eaten fried egg or hunger pushed me to eat the egg. Without hunger, I would never have discovered the delights of a full English breakfast.

Hunger exposed my curiosity.

Meanwhile, a fool lives in the peace of their innocence.

The comfort of knowing that you don’t know allows you to live with uncertainty. You’re not tied to the narrative of the known. Instead, innocence drives a curiosity to enquire, to seek, and understand.

Is a fool really the foolish one?

It brings me back to the scope of being curious. What does it mean and how should we embrace it?

Read the full article: The Clever Way to Feed Your Curiosity: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish


Quote

Do you collect quotes?

I do, so here is one I’m curious about.*

“Most geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities.”

— Andy Benoit

*Revisiting the definitions of words reminds me of the fundamental truth of that word.

There is no scope for misunderstanding when you work from a dictionary definition. The clarity which follows is often inspiring. I hope it brings a new thought to inspire your thinking or decision-making.

Curiosity

desire to know:

a: inquisitive interest in others’ concerns: NOSINESS

The construction inside their house aroused the curiosity of their neighbours.

b: interest leading to inquiry

Intellectual curiosity. Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.


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