It's the start of a new year, and people around the world are feeling pique motivation to make changes. No more late nights. No more avoiding exercise. And definitely no more putting off those big plans.
For me, it's the kick-off of this newsletter I've been contemplating for months... 😅
But let's face it, change is no walk in the park.
If you've ever tried building a new habit or tried to drop a bad one, you know the struggle is real. 👀
According to Katy Milkman's book 'How to Change, the Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.' there are times in the year when it’s easier to change. She calls it the "Fresh-Start Effect."
The idea is simple.
There are moments in life when we feel we can press the reset button, leaving past failures behind and finding it simpler to commit to our goals.
So I’m passing that button…
This newsletter is all about its name—Stay Curious.
I've always viewed the world through a curious lens, fueled by the question: What if?
I believe each of us is born with a natural curiosity that drives us to learn, explore, and discover. Yet, for some, this curiosity tends to fade away because, like any skill, curiosity can go dormant or diminish without regular practice.
Warren Berger, discussing the success of curious individuals in top-tier roles, highlighted Michael Dell's response in "Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite." In a PwC survey about CEO success traits, Dell vouched for curiosity, saying, "I would place my bet on curiosity." And he wasn't alone in supporting this stance.
Just check out these words of wisdom:
- "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein
- "Knowledge is the compound interest of curiosity." - James Clear
- "If you aren’t curious about it, you’ll never be good at it." - Naval Ravikant
- "Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own." - James Cameron
- "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
Now, how can we cultivate this superpower we call curiosity? Here are a couple of things that come to mind:
- Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t settle for superficial explanations either.
- Listen: Listen with full attention without preparing your response or forming opinions about what you heard.
- Go down the rabbit hole: Allow your curiosity to guide you. When something piques your interest, follow it. Start indulging in these curiosities daily, even if it’s just reading an article or watching a YouTube video.
- Open up to new adventures: Be open to trying out new things and actively seek experiences that can ignite and keep your curious mind alive.
So, here’s to maintaining that curiosity—embracing the wonder, questioning the unknown, and keeping our minds forever open.
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Question for You
What are you currently curious about?
Roxana Rodriguez ⚡️
📸 8/21/23 getting my second tattoo
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