On Being Curious

I was recently having coffee with a friend of mine who is a successful entrepreneur. By his mid-thirties he was employing several hundred people and had developed an innovative model for senior care that has brought dignity and respect to the final chapters of thousands of people’s lives. He’s one of the most creative, courageous, and frankly heroic people that I know.

As is often the case when we get together, our conversation meandered from business to family and eventually to broader reflections about life. I asked him what traits about himself have allowed him to have such an unusual path.

He paused for a moment to take a sip of coffee and said, “I think it’s actually really simple. For me it all comes down to being a genuinely curious person.”

My mind was immediately taken to what happens here every day and the importance of curiosity in our studios. In fact, our leadership team has recently been talking about the overarching goal of each studio, and we’ve determined that our elementary studios are “love of learning” studios where curiosity and wonder are of the highest order.

Sadly, I think many aspects of life, from our cultural obsession with quantifying learning through grades and standardized test scores to our worship of efficiency, work to suppress curiosity, and young people quickly learn that being efficient and “right” are more valued than being curious and uncovering an important question.

May Acton Academy NW Indy be a place where joyful curiosity stays aflame and where our young heroes aren’t afraid to ask big questions that will lead to even bigger discoveries.

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