Curiosity is interesting in that it keeps one’s brain active. Being curious means one is using the brain to figure out and understand things.
Children especially have this quality in them. However, our outdated industrial-oriented education system tries to stamp out curiosity in those that go through it.
So it seems the way to fight against this is to keep cultivating our curiosity. We need to find the topics which truly excites us and dive deep into them. Thanks to the internet, this is eminently possible today for everyone. It is up to each of us to make use of the awesome, mostly free, education on the topics of our choice that the internet provides us.
Often, when one is grappling with new concepts and fields of study, it is often very helpful to try to teach these concepts to others as a good mental exercise.
If one writes a blog post or creates a YouTube video to “teach” these new concepts to others, it almost always helps in the learning process.
It’s a commonly heard saying that one needs to forget whatever one learned in school when starting in any industry. This is a result of an education system which is still based on an archaic model.
The industrial economy is fast being replaced by what some call the connection economy or post-industrial economy. In this new economic model, jobs are no longer based on a command-and-follow hierarchy as it was in the industrial times. There are fewer and fewer assembly line jobs and as most of these are being automated. Very few people today are in careers where they work for a single employer for their entire life to retire with a pension. The industrial economy is becoming more outdated every passing day.
As a result, most “employees” today have to more or less think like entrepreneurs do. An employee today benefits greatly by developing grit, humility, hunger, smartness, and improving the quality of connections they forge with the people they do business with. Most people end up learning these skills on the job as educational institutions still have an industrial mindset. These used to be called “soft skills”, but are today some of the most crucial skills one needs to succeed and thrive.