I’ve been asking questions for as long as I can remember. Oh, how many people I’ve annoyed w/ my questions. About anything, really. How boilers work, the breakdown of closing costs and mortgages when purchasing/considering purchasing a house (10x what you would think the appropriate amount of questions would be here). Training methods. Diet, nutrition. General conversational curiosity.
For me, it stems from somewhere in my soul of wanting to know. It also stems from an OCD place of having to know everything. Even when I know, I ask. I actually just chuckled this morning when my daughter asked me for the tenth time, “Dad, how many days until we go to the beach?” 19, I told her. 10 seconds later…”19?” Ten seconds after that, “Wait, 19?” She wanted to be certain so she could accurately tell her friends how many days until she was at the beach. She’s four.
Reading, for me, is a way to satiate that curiosity and need to know. It helps supplement and provide fuel for my own adventure. I’ve got a busy mind. It never stops. Reading helps to point me in the right direction. It allows me to spend hours and hours w/ the most interesting people on the planet.
Because I speak on stage and in front of a mic for a living, it also gives me plenty of fodder from which to draw. Heck, even in daily conversations, it will give you juice from which to pull, and provide, valuable feedback and prompts.
My most recent endeavor is a book called A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer, TV and movie producer. I didn’t know his story prior to diving into the book, but I knew we shared one thing in common, a ginormously bountiful dose of curiosity, and our appreciation of it. Grazer states, “Curiosity has, quite literally, been the key to my success, and also the key to my happiness.”
Be curious, my friends!