You Don't Need Permission
Think about the latest thing you were passionately curious about. You most likely Googled the shit out of it until you had 75+ open browser tabs and then proceeded to read all of it. If you could inhale and/or swallow the information, you probably would. Maybe you even cracked open a new notebook and started doodling and making notes. Next thing you know, you have a cart full of books and doodads and other thingamabobs because you're preparing an ocean of information to dive deep into so you can soak it all in.
You're pulling your whiteboard pens and making mind maps, piecing everything together until it made sense and you're satisfied. Then you start making plans, drinking incessant amounts of coffee and tea until it's perfect, and then—
You stop. And just as quickly, the questions and the thoughts start pouring in.
- Who am I kidding? Nobody's going to listen to me.
- Why should anyone care? There are so many more who have been doing this for years.
- Is there a course for me to learn more about this? I don't think I know enough to make this work!
- And the list can go on and on and on...
This is the worst feeling ever. Nothing sends your notoriously curious mojo down into the pits than this. Because as much as your notoriously curious mind makes you seem like you have your head in the clouds, you can be a pragmatic person too.
And there's nothing wrong about that. So maybe you can chew on this:
You don't need to be an expert. You don't need to dedicate your whole life into it if you don't want to. You don't have to or need to pay your way to get a Ph.D for it, unless that's exactly what you want. You don't have to make that big a commitment till you're ready.
But you know what? You won't know unless you try and experiment. Play with it. Twirl it around your fingers and see how it feels in your hands. Look at it with the purest sense of wonder and see if it sticks, or not.
The good thing about you, about us notoriously curious, is that we know we're not meant to do just one thing. Or sure, we can do one thing as a career or as work but we have other things that sustains us. But I'm thinking, do we always need to find a way to make money out of what we're passionate and curious about? What's so wrong about experimenting if it's in the experimenting that we're most happy with?
Tell me what you're most curious about and what's stopping you from going out there and doing it. You can comment below or send me an email.
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