S:0394 Principle: An Absence of Assumptions Fosters Curiosity

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Curiosity is one of our most useful human attributes. It helps us explore, discover and learn. The energy of curiosity pulls us forward in anticipation of an interesting future. Without curiosity most advances would only come from stopping pain.

So, why are you not as curious as you have been in the past? Because you are too busy making a living? Because you are an adult now and only children are supposed to be curious?

The reason most people quit following their curiosity is because they have learned some of the ways life works and now make assumptions about the rest.

Why? Because assumptions are shortcuts. You assume in order to appear smart, on top of things and in charge. Assuming saves you the trouble of learning the truth. This is not a put-down, it s simply what most people do. But assuming leaves you where you already are.

If you will catch yourself making an assumption, stop, and then ask a question, you ll break your old cycle. Asking questions — even when you re pretty sure you know the answer — rejuvenates your natural curiosity.

And curiosity fosters growth.


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