Aspiring to be Curious

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
   -Walt Disney

   Whenever I’ve been asked what the most important character trait is for success, happiness, fulfillment, etc., I’ve always responded with the same answer—curiosity.

   It is what empowers us to be more than ego. It is was inspires us to swim against the tide, to learn and pursue what we know is of true worth in the deepest of our hearts. It is the celebration that allows for growth towards a more meaningful purpose and impact in our lives.

   I describe that quality, that purest curiosity, as a child’s fearlessness to ask any question to anyone, no matter the broken norms, or the potential stupidity of its perception, or anything, just unadulterated curiosity. Asking one more why than is ever expected.

   I started to first lose that quality when I was 7 years old. It was 1st grade’s bring your grandpa to school day. At one point during the day, between recess and the who has the most embarrassing grandpa competition, we were asked to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up.

   I wanted to be a farmer, and drew a picture of myself and my grandpa on a farm. I was fascinated by learning everything about cultivating an orchard; I envisioned living the life of an apple farmer one day.

   That was where my curiosities were at that time. My purest passion towards what I cared about and what I wanted to learn. Unfortunately, I was made fun of for that interest; even to this day, it is not uncommon for it to be the butt of a family joke. I was discouraged from dreaming and scheming of that future, and as my childhood progressed, it became further and further from my thoughts. Slowly, external pressures ended up molding more and more of what I put my mind towards.

   I’m not saying I would be a farmer today, but I wish I would’ve explored it more, had incorporated it into my life more, and as I have gone through adulthood, wish it was a part of my regular routine.

   Luckily, it is never too late. And for those like me, who may have forgotten that quality of curiosity in its purest form, let’s remember it together.

   Let’s go back and explore the basics of what makes your unique, individual spirit burn bright.

   Let’s come together and create the experiences that empower each of us to rekindle that adventurous spirit and build a culture and community that further inspires it.

   A culture of lifelong learners. A community of curious explorers, adventurers, and creators.

   This is one of my main hopes with what Foundation will facilitate. Not only is learning a path to create a better society—where we come together to connect around the mutual pursuit of growth and development—it is also a path to individually leading a more fulfilling life.

   Learning for the sake of learning is a purpose unto itself. We don’t simply need to learn as a means to get a degree, a job, a so-called better life from more income, more comfort, more stability; we learn because it is one of the most beautiful and meaningful parts of being human. It naturally brings fulfillment and growth by itself.

   I want to work towards completely separating vocational training with simply learning whatever we're curious about.

   In your pursuit of a fulfilling profession and career, learn what it takes to be successful in that effort. Learn to become a fantastic coder, a finance guru, a strong manager and leader, the best nurse or doctor, etc. That pursuit of being a master at your craft and creating the best life for yourself and your family is not only necessary, but it is noble, courageous, honorable.

   But that should not be mutually exclusive to other learning opportunities; the meaningful opportunities to explore everything else that makes your heart jump with curiosity.

   If you are passionate to learn more about psychology, art, history, film, math, yoga, music, science, cooking, dance, etc., let’s nurture that curiosity. Let’s make it accessible, social, and fun.

   Learning is one of the most meaningful reasons to come together and create community. Naturally, it is a vulnerable act that inspires connection—to put yourself out there and say I don’t know, but I’d like to learn, will you teach me?

   Learning and teaching as a purpose to come together. Learning and teaching as a means of fulfillment. Learning and teaching as a facilitator of connection, community, and love.

   That is what we are building together. That is something special, meaningful, and worthwhile.

   I thank you for joining me on this journey. Let’s learn some cool shit together.

Jordan Lyon