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February 24, 2011


Davide Rizzo

Thank you for another inspiring post. I am the first to admit that my curiosity, and my willingness to take risks and be wrong, took an almighty hammering at school. I'm still trying to recover, little by little.


These are some great thoughts! In the past two years (since I started university) I have rediscovered once again the magic of curiosity. I do believe now that the only way one can grow personally and professionally is by cultivating this curiosity and always keep an open mind and eyes. In this way I learn something new everyday and find new exciting things that can possibly change my whole life!

Thanks for sharing your insight!

Charles Martineau

Curiosity is what drives me to go do a PhD...but even today's top PhD school, they don't even encourage students to be curious and be excited by new hypotheses that are completely out of the box. You must be lucky to find the department or director that encourages you to come up with curious and innovative ideas. I dream one day to teach and fuel student's curiosity, or in many cases make them curious again.

kara rane

Hi Garr-
just joined your blog.
This post + Dr.Kaku clip connected with me 100%
I became very frustrated with studying Biology in a University,,the life was sucked right out of it! I choose wonder, curiosity and the true study of life -being an artist.

Jim Dickeson

I believe it was Mark Twain that said, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

I intend to continue my education until I die.

Sarah Spitz

There is one book out there on the psychological science of this exact topic. I encourage you to read it.

Dr. Todd Kashdan wrote Curious? Discovering the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (HarperCollins). Check out- http://toddkashdan.com and http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Discover-Missing-Ingredient-Fulfilling/dp/B002QGSWFG/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0


good post. Thank you, Garr. :)


I agree with English-speaking hair salon this is very true "we dont reward creativity instead of memorisation is because teachers would then need to be able to recognise creativity when they saw it ;)"

Kendy Louwaars

what an interresting guy :)
Because of this post i have spent the last 5 hours watching vids on Dr. Kaku. I would like to add that you ( Garr ) really inspire me. And i am currently spreading your message in the Netherlands.
I wish you the best

Damià Font Taulina

Hi Garr, many thanks from Spain. I have discovered you yesterday surfering via internet on hotel marketing web sites. I am engaging a new project related with marketing and revenue management and your suggestions will be very helpful for my future presentations!
Thanks for share!

Business English

You're right about curiosity being a key characteristic of good teachers and presenters. Unfortunately most "experienced" teachers (with say, 10 years of experience) actually have had 1 year of experience 10 times!

Curiosity keeps things fresh and encourages us to try new approaches that may be more effective.

I think that's certainly one of the benefits of visiting this website: we often get a fresh perspective and some real "food for thought"

Ryan on Creative thinking

I think part of the problem is that most learning is not learning but absorbing. Curiosity is definitely something that could be included more in education but the problem is that it is harder to manage. How do you make sure the students explore in the right directions? How do you assess when everyone has taken different approaches? What about students that don't want to go down the path themselves?

I believe there are some great approaches out there but we haven't discovered them yet.

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