I did a Facebook live on this topic a few weeks back and I must admit, it didn’t receive the response I was hoping for. Not that I get attached to likes, comments or shares however, because I believe in “getting curious” so much it made me think perhaps others don’t understand what I meant/mean by the phrase “getting curious”.
Think of a challenge you are experiencing in your life right now. The truth is you have two choices…
You can dwell on the challenge…
You can find ways to overcome the challenge…
Well for me, finding ways to overcome any challenge is in fact getting curious because you are actively seeking ways to overcome your challenges and this in itself is an art.
Let’s use another example…
Think of a guy or gal you know who is super successful. Okay, sure we all have our own definition of success but bear with me here.
So, go ahead and think of that person, right now.
They are super happy, vibrant, love what they do and have a luxurious house and car.
Another example of getting curious would be in some way, getting “close” to this person, picking their brain, asking questions, and trying to learn as much as you possible can from them.
Napoleon Hill did something similar back in 1908. He interviewed over 100 of Americans top successful people at the time. Legends including, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Charles M. Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, among many others.
So, if getting curious, wanting to learn from already highly successfully people is good enough for Napoleon Hill, then it’s surely something to explore, wouldn’t you say so?
The struggle for most people though is that they allow fear to stop them.
They have developed beliefs such as “people like me don’t go near successful people” or “I’m not one of them, I’ll never be successful”.
Not with those beliefs and/or attitude you won’t!
But, you can start to change that today by recognising those beliefs for what they are, and JEDI.
What is “JEDI” I hear you ask?
It stands for Just Effing Do It!
It’s something I learnt from a guy called Phil Jones back in 2016.
So, in this example, just start becoming more curious to the people around you, to possible solutions to help you overcoming your challenges and just start to ask questions and dive into the minds of those you look up too.
You might be thinking…
“Well, Luke this sounds all good, but how do I get close to my idols and already successful people”
This brings me onto the second “C” I like to refer to which is creativity. Now, I’m not going to dive too deep into creativity because this post is about curiosity. However, creativity is also so important and again greatly undervalued.
In this scenario, to get close to your idols and learn from them you must become creative and think of ways to do so. Two of the easiest ways are obviously utilising the internet, and social media. Meaning following, connecting and engaging with those you want to learn from on a daily basis.
How else are they supposed to know you even exist?
The second way to be everywhere where they are!
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT MEAN TO STALK PEOPLE! I REPEAT DO NOT STALK PEOPLE.
What I do mean is, let’s say you know this “person” you want to learn from goes to a Monday evening networking event every week without fail. In this case, you also have to go to the same networking event every Monday evening without fail!
Do you see what I mean?
You don’t stalk people, go to their house and constantly harass them…
No, this is a sure-fire way to put people off you.
Instead, you get creative, find ways to get “close” to this person, see how you can add value into their life and become curious to learn something new.
I haven’t touched on adding value yet…
Now this is so important, especially with the “big players” who we can assume get so many emails, letters and messages from people asking them a bunch of random stuff!
This is where you need to stick out and find ways (again getting creative) to provide value into their lives.
Sounds simple, right?
Well, not exactly.
Because, you’re going to have to find out their pain points, what they need help with and provide a solution. A little bit of defective work maybe needed.
Just because they are “successful” and operating at the top of their game doesn’t mean they don’t have pain points, challenges or things in their lives they would like to change.
And, the amazing thing is you can be this person to do so by becoming curious and creative.
Think to yourself…
“How can I provide value into this person’s life and what can I learn from them?”
“How can I stand out so this person knows who I am?”
There’s no point doing one without the other here. Meaning, you may know someone you want to learn from who you think is successful and who you want to learn from but they might not know who the hell you are. This is why it’s important to stand out, grab their attention and provide value because the best way to learn from them is activity being around them, right?
Once you do this, you have perfected a skill, an art and your life will drastically change.
So, my challenge for you is to make the decision today that you’re going to become curious to your surroundings, the people you meet and ways to overcome your challenges and obstacles because this can really help you go from where you are today, to where you want to be in the future.
Until next time,