It’s been a crazy week but the weekend is almost here! Woot.
In today’s world, the ability to be creative, think outside the box, utilize your imagination, and just be extraordinary seem to be highly valued but also highly limited and nearly squelched by the pervasiveness and intrusiveness of technology. Technology is great, don’t get me wrong, but there seems to be a recurring trend of people becoming less phenomenal, less amazing, and certainly less creative in problem solving.
It’s really no wonder that companies try to scoop up the people who can think outside of the box. Life is never given to you in a linear fashion. There are no manuals. People have to be able to think for themselves, explore knowledge outside of their predetermined bubbles, and take risks with creative ideas that may or may not work. The ability to Google answers to questions, having the Internet at your fingertips, and losing the ability to remember things all contribute to where our society is headed.
In reading Theory U, the author C. Otto Scharmer points out that people who have high levels of intellectual capacity and knowledge are also the ones who have in their possession the skill of “endless wonderment.” To wonder how the world works and to never cease asking questions are the keys to success in life. Someone who has phenomenal yet specific job skills is of far less use to a company than someone who is incredibly excited and very exploratory of knowledge but may need training. You can’t buy curiosity and enthusiasm, but as a society we need to learn to foster it!
Too many people are stuck in the world of “that’s not my job” or “I’m too busy to ask questions and discover things” and what a waste that is. The more educated you become the more questions you should be asking. Being able to sit at your desk and look at the window and ask WHY brings a tremendous amount of value to both your life and the lives of those around you. Even in discovering a new piece of knowledge, there is always a why that can accompany it. Experts in their fields must continue asking why, so why wouldn’t the rest of us?
There are many times when I’ve bumped into people who should be picking up books instead of living life through their thumbs. You can never know everything, not even close, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tap into your endless wonderment. The world is a much bigger place than even I can understand, and I’ve spent some time in other countries, but I continue to fuel my curiosity by wondering why and going on great adventures. It definitely beats sitting on my couch all the time! Fueling your imagination is the key to getting the most out of life, so why not start today?