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The Curiosity Advantage
"Look it up online"
I'm 28 now, which means that when I was a kid and asked my parents everything that came across my mind, I was often met with the same swift reply from them:
"Look it up online"
Although Google and broadband already existed in the US, they weren't available where I grew up, so "google it" was not yet in the picture.
There were no mobile phones, no Wi-Fi, or anything else, so it wasn't as easy as pulling out a device from my pocket and having my curiosity satisfied. Instead, I had to go to my dads office and wait for the computer to start and Yahoo to load.
If I had to do that today, I would have forgotten what I wanted to say before I could write it down. Obviously, this is still lightning fast compared to even just a few years prior, when one would have to go to the local library for every bit of information.
Anyway, this lasted for years, until I had simply given up asking. I resented them for it at the time, and in hindsight, there might have been a better way of doing things. But it did accomplish one thing, which was to develop my curiosity from a young age.
To this day, I still try to not just ask questions, but to find the answers to them. Often, I will hit a wall because of knowledge gaps in fields I don't know much about. And that's okay.
Curiosity is like a muscle that needs to be trained. If you become apathetic towards your own curiosities, they'll stop surfacing as often.
So stay curious :)
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Thanks for reading :)