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Curiosity and Learning

I have no special talents. I have only been passionately curious.

—ALBERT EINSTEIN

Consistent with Einstein’s observation above, being passionately curious paves a strong path to learning. It’s akin to necessity being the mother of invention. If you have an insatiable desire to know something, you’ll eventually find a way to learn it. So if you wish to learn anything, start by learning to be curious.

How does one learn to be curious? One of the surest paths to a strong sense of curiosity is to experience the thrill and joy of discovery. Like a drug whose effect the addict craves, discovering something you’ve tried in earnest to find (as opposed to being given the answer with no effort) creates a joy and elation like ...

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