“I am neither clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious” Albert Einstein.
I am in the middle of launching a company new to the US. It requires a tremendous amount of energy, focus, and dedication. It also requires a deep appreciation of learning new things and a constant need for curiosity. I’m convinced it is good for you. Life is interesting. As children, just about anything new excites us, we are curious and earnestly ask why. As we mature, we start to put up a guard and we allow fear or our routines stop us from learning new things.
I have always been one who loves to try new things both professionally and personally. I’ve also learned that inspiration can come from many sources. For my personal life, it has mostly been my children to provide this inspiration.
This winter, my eight-year-old convinced me to try snowboarding. He said, “Mom, all the cool kids snowboard, so you should too.” Well, in my quest to win Cool Mom of the Year award, I did. The first lesson was interesting, to say the least.
I would love to tell you I was a snowboarding queen but honestly, I sucked. Really sucked. My 5-year-old reminded me by saying, “Wow mom. You are pretty bad. Maybe you shouldn’t embarrass us.”
Reluctantly, I signed up for a group lesson a few weeks later. By the end of the day, I was continuously going up the slope and finally stopping properly (meaning not falling on my butt to stop).
Such a small victory made me feel energized, happy and even, dare I say…. youthful.
With work, you MUST have the same amount of curiosity and courage to learn new things. You will have a spark about you that others seem to lose along the way. It may be as simple as taking a course, reading a book or listening to a podcast (if you are in business, try Harvard Business Review Idea Cast and/or Forbes).
Many I know feel stuck or unfulfilled in their professional life. Learning something new, being curious and getting over fears many times can be crucial to overcoming the feeling of stagnation.
A year ago, I took a coding course. Why? I really wanted to try something new as I manage or hire web and app developers. It was amazing to spend time learning this new skill. Again, I felt refreshed (and quite humbled)!
This year, I took on a new endeavor to run a company from A to Z. This has required me to learn and appreciate so much in a very small amount of time. Guess what? I’m still in one piece and I feel more energized than ever. Also, I know that because of this, I am a much better mother, wife, and employee.
Here is what I think we should do in the next 24-48 hours. I know we are all busy but we can do it.