Are you curious? – The Curious Mind by Brian Gazer

Remember when you were a child and wanted to know everything about the world?

What is the meaning of life? Why do I have to go to school? Why is the sky blue? How are birds supposed to fly?

Brian Gazer wrote a book about being curious and what it even means. It fascinated me that he put much effort into reaching out to famous people to simply talk to them for one hour. Over time he has talked to more than hundred personalities!

What did he asked?, one could ask. Having a curious talk how he called them required preparation, of course. Therefore one needs to dive into one’s own mind and examine what you want to know form a former military chief or Oprah or a filmmaker? There is always something that could be asked what the person likes to talk about and has not been asked before.

Gazer makes clear:

We all have curiosity inside of us, we simply have to use it.

How? – By asking questions! Persistence is key here. If you are only asking questions you will not get smarter or gain any knowledge. You have to stick to those questions and try solving them. This is basically what our whole life is about, no? Solving problems through solving questions through first of all asking questions that get you closer to your goal. You have to ask interesting questions, the ones that really tickle your mind. And then the next step is to pay attention to the answers even if they might not expected or clearly seen.

To start with, Ask yourself „What am I curious about?“ and make a list with everything that comes to your mind, everything, every little detail and from there you can see where you put effort into.

The next step, according to Gazer, is to act. Stick to your ideas even if they might rejected in the beginning. Especially then! Refine your ideas by asking questions and renew them in giving them a different framework so that people want to listen. (In his book „The Curious Mind“ he illustrates all those points with his own examples from the movie business, as he started working at Warner Bros. and is an experienced film producer by now.)

For me, it is very important to even recognise whether I have an idea and if it might be of any use. Surely, one should be unbiased when brainstorming but when the point comes to start examining what you found, it is important to know what you want and what kind of taste you have. Sounded a bit strange to me but this is how he put it. If you are experienced in one field, say music, you will know different types and what fits best to what and so on. You have evolved a „taste“. Other questions that might help you find ideas and choose ideas are:

What are you focused on?

Why on that?

What are you worried about?

What is your plan?

Keeping your eyes and all your other senses open (really, do not only use your eyes!) will help you dive deeper into curiosity. And also having some curious talks.

Let me know if this post got you inspired and who would like to have a curious talk with?