Let’s say you walk into a store, and you ask the seller, “How much does this watch cost?”
He doesn’t even bother looking up from the novel he’s reading, and he says, “Check the price at the bottom.”
If someone shows you this much interest – or lack thereof – would you stay in the shop for long? Most probably not, unless you desperately need to.
In Swahili, we say that this person amesheeba. In other words, he’s no longer hungry. If he was hungry for your money he’d cast the book aside and give you more attention.
Similarly, if you look at the mediocre lives of ordinary people, you’ll find out that most of them are comfortable. They’re not so hungry. and this lack of hunger closes the door for them to look for something “more”. But the people who keep on moving ahead, they’re filled with this insatiable hunger for something more, which is why they will take that one extra step, do that extra thing, because they are unsatisfied, or they are hungry.
‘In Silicon Valley, the first failure is a badge of honour. It is OK to fail to succeed.’ – Dan Kaplan
Another quote goes like “Success is going from one failure to another without any loss of enthusiasm.”
Think about it this way. Sometimes failure is on its own a success, and success is on its own a failure. If you keep on failing, each failure will show you one thing that is not wrong in the whole process. However, immediate success doesn’t exactly make you examine things with as much scrutiny as if you had been failing all along, so you learn less. Therefore, you fail.
Another thing that the world lacks nowadays is curiosity. Don’t get me wrong. People are curious but of course about the wrong things. They are curious why Mrs X and Mr Y got a divorce, why A and B didn’t go to country X for vacation. They’re curious about the details of each other’s lives. Remember that big minds discuss ideas and small minds discuss people.
The curiosity that needs to be nurtured is that for knowledge. The problem with our generation is that we are the Xbox, Internet and Facebook generation that’s so overloaded with information already that we are no longer motivated to be curious about anything else.
Be curious, turn questions into quests. Don’t be satisfied with the status quo. Curiosity is the fuel that makes people think at a tangent and come up with new ideas, in an attempt to work differently and thus come up with better results.
So my advise for today extends Steve Jobs’, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Stay Curious.”