A Curious Mind
What do you do when you are in excruciating pain? What do you do when you have a torrid itch? What do you do when you’re desert-scorching thirsty?
You seek relief, right?
What about curiosity? What do you do when you come down with a rabid case of curiosity? How do you seek relief?
According to Hollywood producer Brian Grazer you look up informed people and then you go out and talk with them. He calls it conducting curiosity conversations. In his book A Curious Mind, Grazer, along with author Charles Fishman, provide us with a fascinating glimpse into the life of someone who passionately pursues the wisdom and knowledge of others in order to quench his curiosity.
The critics of A Curious Mind seem agitated, think underwear bunched up an anatomical crevice, in Brian using his A-list and popularity to deliver this message. In most celebrity-writes-book-and-wants-to-be-read-like-Gandhi cases, I’d agree. Brian was performing curiosity conversations however, before he became popular. In fact, it’s more than likely he became popular (achieved success on the way) because of them.
The pursuit of curiosity is not about popularity, it’s about making one’s life better. No matter whether you seek mental, spiritual, emotional / social and or physical enlightenment, the path to relief is through pursuit of one’s curiosity.
I bought into the pursuit of curiosity many years ago. It hit a personal tipping point in 2004 when Victoria, our older daughter, orchestrated a campaign of her own after graduating from Kent State University the previous year.
In addition to Grazer and Fishman’s thorough treatment on feeding, applying and reaping the benefits of an all curious mind, Vickie’s story reveals additional opportunity — the fruit of carefully nurturing and sustaining relationships formed while in pursuit of curiosity.
I am most grateful to the lads for writing A Curious Mind. And I’m just as grateful for the PR tour de force that followed. For A Curious Mind is ranked in the top 21 in three different Amazon categories. I’m dismayed that one of those categories is labeled self-help however. It should be labeled way-of-life. In an other category it’s listed under management / leadership; decision making / problem solving and that influence will hopefully yield many, many more curious minds in the future!
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