Have you ever lost a competition to a baby? I’m not talking about a baby in the sense that your competitor is prone to whining. I’m talking about a baby who has yet to reach three years of life. While you may be superior to our younger brethren in terms of strength and intelligence, there is one thing you’re lacking which essentially ensures you’re going to lose to a baby. What is this one thing?
You see, what babies lack in intellect and muscle, they make up through an insatiable desire to explore the world around them. You may have read every book in your line of work, but you’ve never looked at a book with the curiosity of a child who can’t even read. The world is different when you treat a book like a toy.
Which means you need to be careful about what skills you develop — and what those skills are replacing. What are you giving up as you expand your knowledge? What sacrifices are made but hoarding knowledge databases? What are the implications of being an ‘expert’?
As you acquire more and more knowledge (and a dependence on Google), suddenly your curiosity is replaced by soundbites of information and the skills of inputing the right keywords into the search bar. The magic that happens when you approach ‘normal’ things with a set of eyes that do not even comprehend what normal means is what makes us human.
Yet we are more than content with throwing our curiosity and curious nature away?