Editors Note: Guest post by Ted Hardy, team member at Rocketlist, a startup working to encourage and facilitate useful tech skills and inspire entrepreneurship. Hardy is also the founder of Resort Review.
Curiosity. It’s one of a few of life’s assets that tends to peak during your childhood as opposed to adulthood; whether it’s working out what the big drawer in the kitchen contains or realizing that drinking a whole bottle of that tasty medicine isn’t such a good idea.
As you grow into your teenage years your curiosity grows with you. It evolves alongside your interests and your exposure to them in society. It’s this curiosity and the resulting urge to learn and discover more that allows young people to succeed and presents them with opportunities to further their development. It’s this curiosity that Kuato Studios’ new website Rocketlist looks to foster and develop. Rocketlist provides video interviews and resources showing how other people have achieved success in their field, from childhood to the present.
Take Lauren Fuge. At age 16, she wrote her first published novel. Currently a university student, Fuge has utilized her curiosity for Science to found a blog, Science in a Can. Science wasn’t necessarily ‘her thing’ until she was exposed to articles in the news and on television. These articles forced Lauren to question Science, so she set out on her quest to provide one simple explanation of a scientific theory each day. She saw Science in a Can as an opportunity to prove that you didn’t need to be a scientist to share an interest and understanding in it. Lauren looks to prove that curiosity can drive your interests, not just being particularly skillful in a field.
Another recent addition to the Rocketlist is Damon Lisch, professor at UC Berkley in California. Damon has had an exciting career to say the least. He describes his first major scientific discovery in his career vividly, “Seeing that result and realizing we had found it, from that moment I was hooked”. This moment was the pinnacle of Damon’s career, something that Lisch can look back on with pride for the rest of his life. He puts all of his discoveries and continued interest in science down to the curiosity that he has maintained as an adult. Like a muscle, he kept it trained and it continues to serve him well.
Entrepreneurs can often get so focused on what they do that they don’t necessarily see the links and lessons that can be learnt from other careers and passions. Curiosity is something that every entrepreneur has in abundance. After all, the vast majority are solving problems that they themselves have discovered.
However, as Damon pointed out, if you don’t exercise this curiosity regularly you will lose the desire to discover, learn, and question everything in the world around you. Don’t become the adult who loses curiosity and turns to the daily grind of life. Maintain your sense of curiosity and learn from those on Rocketlist. They will undoubtedly teach you something that will help you with your future entrepreneurial and technological endeavours.