“Go around asking a lot of damn fool questions and taking chances. Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only by gambling can we take advantage of them.” ~ Clarence Birdseye … 

The world is full of opportunities and possibilities, but we will never learn about them if we do not take calculated risks, ask questions of people who should be able to answer them for us, and push the limits of our knowledge further than today. That is why it is generally only those of us who inquire–who ask questions, who take smart risks now and again, who do not want to settle with things as they are–that go on to succeed in their efforts. These are the people who push themselves–and push others–to think and do more in order to discover truth and knowledge.

Some individuals are content not opening new doors or exploring new areas in life. Perhaps they feel that being curious is too much work, or maybe they simply prefer not to be a bother to others. However, having such a passive approach to life tends to be much less fulfilling. Those who constantly inquire in the classroom tend to learn more than others. In addition, their future classes tend to be much easier because of all that they have learned through pushing themselves. And the people who ask questions and learn more about their field of work tend to be the ones who get the promotions.

Even though curiosity may be an inherited trait for some, most of us need to develop it and work at making it productive for us in our own situations. For through it, we each have the potential to tap into our own curiosity and take the opportunities to explore things that are new, different, and possibly scary. And it is only in doing so that we can surprise ourselves and accomplish things that are beyond our previous limits. You never know… some of the most rewarding moments of your life may possibly be just beyond a “damn fool question” or the next “chance” you take.

Increase your knowledge and understanding of something by asking questions of someone who has the answers.

Questions to consider:

How might you develop your own sense of curiosity about things that have become boring or ordinary?

What are some advantages to learning new and different things that others might not be learning?

What will happen to you if you never ask questions and never try to find out anything past the superficial answers?

For further thought:

“Roving is not beneficial to study at your age; learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence.” ~ Abigail Adams, Adams Family Correspondence

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