The TMWK Manifesto begins with curiosity – and, if push comes to shove, it could end there too. Curiosity is EVERYTHING. The Manifeto says:
Cultivate curiosity. It all begins with curiosity.
“Our number one value isn’t in any of the skills we have. It’s that we’re essentially curious.”
– Jim Coudal via @brainpickings
Curiosity is the kick-start, the pre-requisite. It allows us to move forward, in the footsteps of children.
John Pilger had it right:
“…the first step is to engender an approach, enable the measurement of distances and walking toward. It is show the possible and potential.”
– Extract from article in The Guardian (1997?)
Curiosity is the muscle to help us manage change. It moves us through and toward…
Often, my context is kids. Watching my kids grow, I get a front row seat on curious by default. Magnificent. I try to (un/re)learn from theirs. I try to rebuild that curiosity muscle; I try to reformat my curiosity mainframe.
Curiosity is everything, because it starts with the beginning and goes all the way to the end:
- A walk up the road is resplendent with flowers and smells and cracks in the path. It leads to a brown field in-fill home I want to live in.
- A handshake is an exploration of hope and strength and fear and confidence. I sense we will work together because of that.
- A conversation leads to an internet search that uncovers a thought leader who becomes a friend. I change my perspective and become a more valuable network connection.
- A deep breath and an empty house and a moment of quiet when everything stands still. I stare at the ceiling. My mind flushes out and fills at quantum scale. I hear a small “Aha!”
Each of these curious moments, and the millions of others available, are personal. This is toe-to-toe (competition); (seeing) eye-to-eye; hand-to-hand (combat); mouth-to-mouth (resuscitation); heart-to-heart (conversation); this is human-to-human.
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