Thomas Oppong
May 1, 2016 · 5 min read

We are born curious. Our insatiable drive to learn, invent, explore, and study deserves to have the same status as every other drive in our lives.

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.-
Samuel Johnson

The problem for millions of people is that they stop being curious about new experiences as they assume responsiblities and build routines. Their sense of wonder starts to escape them. But you can change that, especially if you are still looking for find and pursue your life’s work.

“You spend a lot of your life having people tell you to follow your passion. It’s nice advice, it’s heart-warming advice, it’s great advice — if you happen to have one that is very clear and obvious,” — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Sometimes it feels cruel and all it does is make you feel even worse and more left out, because you’re like, ‘I would if I knew what it was!’” Gilbert says. “If you’re in that position right now… forget about passion.”

Fulfilment is fast becoming the main priority for most of us. Millions of people still struggle to find what they are meant to do. What excites them. What makes them lose the sense of time. What brings out the best in them.

Curiosity fuels our imagination. It’s fundamental to our success. Your instinct to explore should grow into an instinct for inquiry. And it utltimately helps you discover amazing things about your life and what you can do now and in the future.

“ A classic example is Steve Jobs’ curiosity for typefaces which led him to attend a seemingly useless class on typography and to develop his design sensibility. Later, this sensibility became an essential part of Apple computers and Apple’s core differentiator in the marketplace.” — Deena Varshavskaya

You may not have a clear vision for your career yet, but you are probably curious about a lot of things which may or may not be obvious to you right mow. Those interests tap into your unique motivations and what drives you. Pursuing them sets you on the path of unlocking who you are.

Passion is not always obvious

Passion changes industries and creates new ones. Matching your career with your passion is the best way to be truly satisfied with your work. But sometimes it’s just vague. But your curiosity can lead you to your life’s work. Your curiosity can take you where you need to go. Where you have to be to express youself without fear. To share yourself with the rest of the world even when you are not ready.

Curiosity feeds passion. My curiosity feeds my brain. And helps me explore the topics I love without struggle. My curiosity has me constantly on the lookout for new and different ways I can show up and share my work with my audience.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

Nurturing and developing your curiosity will help you discover and ultimately your most amazing work. Passion may not be accessible all the time. But your curiosity can be accesed at any day. And you can build on wat you already know.

Don’t worry about finding your passion..for now. Just look around and ask yourself if there’s absolutely anything you can find in the world that you feel even 1% curious about and then follow it. You will be amazed at where that leads you.

Start by asking the right questions!

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.- Voltaire

Brilliant ideas can come out of a more better question. In one of his well quoted and popular quotes, Einstein reckoned that if he had an hour to solve a problem, he would spend the first fifty-five minutes making sure he was answering the right question. Start asking better questions to find the right answers.

Assume nothing. Question everything.

If you want a better approach to gathering the right information about your life’s work and what you want to spend the rest of your life doing without stress, you should be focusing on getting to the path of inquiry.

Questioning is like breathing — it’s something that seems so basic, so instinctive, that we take it for granted. But there’s a lot we can all learn about how to question, and really do it well to get the answers we seek.

All my life I’ve been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence. — Luis Buñuel

A curious mind can relate and connect ideas better. Maintain an open mind and be willing to learn, unlearn and relearn to find get the answers you seek. Your curiosity will develop into an amazing discovery. Something you will easily identify with and can pursue further.

“Don’t think about why you question, simply don’t stop questioning. Don’t worry about what you can’t answer, and don’t try to explain what you can’t know. Curiosity is its own reason. Aren’t you in awe when you contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure behind reality? And this is the miracle of the human mind — to use its constructions, concepts, and formulas as tools to explain what man sees, feels and touches. Try to comprehend a little more each day. Have holy curiosity.” — Albert Einstein

Don’t stay in your comfort zone

Your comfort zone keeps you in a very predictable space.

Push yourself to see everything else left to be seen. Expose yourself to industries that get your attention. Open yourself up to the universe, which will create endless possibilities for you.

If you do better outside your safe zone, you will most likely start thinking about how you can do it more often. Take the chance and see the outcome of your curiosity. The outcome may surprise you.

By pushing yourself into new areas that of interest to you, you will have a chance to authentically define who you are, and break free of the limitations of what others think you should be.

Everything remarkable happens beyond the safe zone. The more you expose yourself to different people, places, and things, the easier curiosity becomes.

Your challenge is to rediscover your own innate curiosity, to nurture it with freedom and time.

The author is the founding editor at AllTopStartups (tools, resources and ideas for starting and growing a startup).

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