When the inventor Thomas Edison signed a guest book in someone’s house, the story is told that after he signed his name he scribbled a single word under the “Interests” column: Everything! I think–hearing that anecdote–that Thomas Edison might have said he was a curious human being, and that he wouldn’t have been the inventor and innovator he became without it. Being curious keeps you hungry. Open. Asking. Seeking. It’s a perpetual curiosity that’s driven the esteemed televised naturalist David Attenborough to pursue the adventures that have taken him around the globe multiple times in search of ever-greater wonders. He might just be the most well-traveled human, according to some suggestions. Curiosity can be a valuable asset, if you go about your life seeking ways to fill in the blanks. In a messy, complex and culturally diverse world, questions drive us to be open to creative solutions. Five ways innovators […]
When our neighbours–a primary-school-aged girl and her grandma–knocked on our door last Friday afternoon, just before the long weekend that was going to wrap up the spring school holidays here in Sydney–nothing could have prepared our family for the two words they greeted me with: “Reema’s gone!” Backtrack just a couple days. Last Tuesday I bumped into my neighbour Reema* at the local indoor pool. Even though I’ve never seen Reema swim (hey, we just came out of winter here) I wasn’t that surprised to see her, tucked into a corner on a lawn chair with a couple magazines. After chatting for a couple minutes I also tucked myself into a corner within line-of-sight of my swimming offspring and their friends, and continued the book research that’s been dominating most of my waking hours. At the time I was immersed in The Art of Work, the latest book by blogging […]
One of my favourite words right now is intentionality. Particularly as it applies to building an online platform. I find the main dilemma is that if you’re a madly curious person, there are so many directions you can go in regards to content creation. But what if you don’t want to be another “random musings” blogger?