Today I want to talk about fear­less curios­ity. One of the things that I see people do that gets in the way of pretty much their every­day life is throw­ing their hands up when they don’t under­stand some­thing, they simply kind of just give up. I see this happen a lot with people who aren’t good with tech­nol­ogy. If they can’t figure it out in the first like point one second, they just throw their hand up and just quit this approach to not just tech­nol­ogy but every prob­lem or new expe­ri­ence in life. If we are approach­ing new expe­ri­ence, if we are approach­ing the unknown with this atti­tude where if it just does­n’t make sense to us in the first nanosec­ond, then we just give up. We’re going to let every­thing stop us. As a kid grow­ing up I was fasci­nated with how things worked and so I had this curios­ity just about every­thing from nature to tech­nol­ogy and when I got into comput­ers as a teenager, I would tear them apart.

I would look inside, I would break things. I would build things. I would try things just to see what would happen. This moved forward when I got into web design, I would look at people’s websites, we’ll look at the source code, go under­neath the hood and see how these websites work and learn from it. I would click every­thing. I would just see what every­thing did right away and get a lay of the land. So many people go in and just throw their hands up. They’re like, I don’t know what this icon means, so I’m going to never touch it. For most things, like on comput­ers, a lot of things are reversible. A lot of things can be fixed with money too. You break some­thing, you spend a few bucks and you get a new one. The approach that I’ve just natu­rally culti­vated by just being me is a fear­less curios­ity.

I will just go in and try every­thing and I’ve spent a few years with a mentor who was very simi­lar and there was this even deeper level of permis­sion where we would just go, all right, let’s see what happens. You know, liter­ally like build­ing a computer or just doing anything and it’d be like, all right, we have no idea what’s going to happen. Click the button, let’s find out. It was this curios­ity and a will­ing­ness to make mistakes and a sense of abun­dance that allowed us to move forward very quickly because the more will­ing you are to make mistakes, the faster you can figure things out, the faster you can solve a prob­lem. The faster you can iter­ate, the faster you can develop better and better solu­tions. So if you find your­self para­lyzed by fear of not want­ing to make a mistake, of not want­ing to break some­thing, what­ever it is, try to culti­vate this fear­less curios­ity. Obviously be smart about it, but if you notice your­self giving up really quickly on on things that are easily fixable or reversible, like on soft­ware or websites, give your­self the breath. Give your­self the space to just see what happens. You just play around. Think of life as a sand­box.