It’s been said that curiosity killed the cat. Well, it may have killed the cat, but it’s one of the primary reasons people have grown throughout history. The sense of wonder drives mankind. It put us on the moon and created computers. It led to the accidental discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. It led us from the savannahs of Africa to spread to Asia and Europe. Yes, curiosity is very important and always will be.
My own curiosity led me to learn and continue to learn from many people. Two years ago I started engaging in Parkour. This week I started learning freestyle rapping. You may be thinking, “What is this old guy thinking?” Right? For me, it’s about expanding. Like poets of old, freestyle rappers are a modern day version of the poet. They simply use poetry in versus’ created on the fly and to a beat (usually a 4-count beat). It’s fun and I think we should all do it. I believe that Senator John McCain also learned how to rap. The first time I heard rap was back in the late 1970′s and from a group called The Sugar Hill Gang and the song was Rapper’s Delight. I was a Los Angeles police officer at that time and loved that song.
In those early days of rap, they certainly were creative and curious, they also took risks. I really don’t know if me doing freestyle rap in today’s world is much of of risk. Yet, it’s all about expanding my horizon, isn’t it? Those who know me know that I’m into taking risks and rapping is no different. Wait until I create a new rap song and put it on YouTube. Hahaha! It will happen!
Fitness is the same way. We see the advent of new trainings and bringing back that which was once old and made new again. Is that taking a risk? Sure it is. If it’s bucking the current trends and challenging the status quo. Add it some new equipment to the old training and creativity comes about.
Again in fitness, muscle grows by being challenged. It doesn’t have to be from lifting weights at a gym. Getting creative and going outside will do the same. Using your bodyweight, you can do pull-ups, hand balancing, pistol squats, sprints and so forth. Sure, there is an element of risk. Get curious and see how you can challenge yourself.
“10 Amazing Life Lessons from Albert Einstein:
1. Follow Your Curiosity
2. Perseverance is Priceless
3. Focus on the Present
4. The Imagination is Powerful
5. Make Mistakes
6. Live in the Moment
7. Create Value
8. Don’t be repetitive
9. Knowledge Comes From Experience
10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better”
Where else can you apply the elements of curiosity, creativity and risk-taking? Businesses certainly grow from each one. Peter Drucker once said that the basic function of business is marketing and innovation, everything else are costs. Innovation is about growth. Innovation takes some risks, creativity and curiosity, doesn’t it? Science is another arena where each element is considered. One just has to get past being stuck in a box (as are most academic types) and go for it.
As for me, I will continue to put into action the elements of risk-taking, curiosity and creativity so that I can continue to grow throughout my life. I’m not going to let the past hold me back (only will I let it be a learning process for me). Now to think of that dang rapper name for myself. Hmmmm…. Y’all can help me too! Haha!
Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt”
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness