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It is often said that curiosity killed the cat.
My cat may not represent the norm, but he eats, takes a quick bath, sleeps, does his “business”, then repeats it all over again. Every once in awhile JoJo can be caught “playing”. But curious he is not. Fortunate for us, as I would hate for his curiosity to become the death of him.
One of Einstein’s life lessons (aka life hack) is to follow your curiosity. He claimed to be “passionately curious.” I believe his curiosity is what fueled his brilliance.
One of the traits that I look for in my team is what I call “intellectual curiosity”. It is much less deadly than the feline variety. In fact, as an entrepreneur, unlike the cat, you will actually die without it.
The intellectually curious person is always trying to learn something new. And I’m not talking about Jeopardy or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire type of learning, but real, deep understanding of a given topic or concept. Usually they are well read, or at the very least are TED aficionados.
I am with Einstein in being passionately curious. And deep down, JoJo may be curious too, but acting on it would cut into his naptime.