Follow Your Curiosity
Yesterday I was listening to the amazing podcast “Love Your Work” with David Kadavy which is dedicated for creative solopreneurs who want to live the life by their own definition of success. One thought in particular resonated with me. In the conversation with Maneesh Sethi, creator of Pavlok, a device which helps you eliminate your bad habits, David mentioned that he heard Steve Jobbs say at Standford Commencement Address that we should follow our curiosity and trust that everything will work out in the end.
How true! All my worries and fears disappear when I allow myself be guided by the endless curiosity of what comes next.
I mean how torturing it would be to live in a world where you would know exactly what you should do and where you should be at any minute… No surprises, no discovering something new… To me it’s the exact opposite of what a happy life looks like.
Take yesterday, for example. I didn’t know that I was going to catch this particular Steve Jobbs’ idea thanks to the podcast episode of “Love Your Work” and David Kadavy and Maneesh Sethi. I allowed myself to listen from the earliest episode in his archive and I found this. It turned out I didn’t know that I was going to write about it here.
And by the way it was a sheer coincidence that I came across David Kadavy and his podcast in the first place. I don’t remember exactly but it might have been because of my search for the keywords “best podcast for creativity” on Google. Fast forward a few months later and now I proudly support David’s work on Patreon and binge-consuming to everything he creates, including his recent book “The Heart to Start”. To me “Love Your Work” stands on the level of world-class podcasters Tim Ferriss and James Altucher. “Love Your Work” serves to me as an endless source of energy and inspiration.
So everyday we could learn something new and exciting. Imagine if we noticed these discoveries, wrote down them and later created a blog post about them. This way we would probably never run out of ideas to write about.
This idea of following your curiosity is even bigger, I think. It helps me to forget my worries and trust that I’m doing the right thing in the moment. It helps me to get away from constant planning and worrying that I’m not doing enough, that I’m not creating enough.
You see, there is no race here. Trust that whatever comes in into your head, whatever you notice and whatever strikes you as a curious idea is quite enough to act upon today.
You don’t have to do everything. You don’t have to make yourself drown in ideas upon ideas. You just have to choose one idea and follow it through.
So that’s what I’m doing today. I’m sharing it with you so that maybe it will remind myself and you to be open to the possibility of the unknown and be OK that you don’t know how it all is going to end.
I mean I don’t know if writing these words to you is the correct direction I should be taking. I don’t know if these words will lead me onto something bigger later on. And that bigger thing is going to pay off in the end, that it will be financially or otherwise worthwhile.
I just try to live my days with an open mind, to notice things that seem worthy of attention and share my take on them with the world without worrying too much of what I will get in return.
Try this approach for yourself.