Why do you want to learn?
Such an easy question and yet its answer isn’t really easy to find. After all, shouldn’t we all just want to learn?
Learning does so many things for us such as, among others, expand our horizons, develop ourselves and help us understand the world around us. And yet, so many people just live their life without ever really trying to learn something new. Do you want to just sail through life like that?
If not, you’ve already taken the first step but the next one is to develop one specific skill: your curiosity.
While learning is a long journey in itself, it doesn’t have to feel like one. If you develop the skill of curiosity, then you’ll be good to go for the long-run.
You might say curiosity is not a skill but a personality trait. However, just like any other skill, curiosity is something we can develop through sheer efforts. And as you do, you will expand your world manifold.
On top of all this, developing curiosity is extremely easy! It’s just a matter of bringing your inner child back out in the world and you can do that in 4 steps.
Question everyday things
Every single day, you see common things around you and just live your life without stopping for a second. It starts from here.
Ask yourself the reason or purpose behind everyday objects.
Why is that flower bending that way? Why does that cloud make you think of a smiley? Why haven’t you used once that french press you’ve had for months?
Start by forcing you to think about 2 things a day. One in the morning, one in the evening, and expand from there. Make it a habit to question everyday things.
Then, expand from there and start to ask others about the reasons behind choices made and opinions held. Go back to being a 4-year-old kid asking “Why” over and over again to his parents.
If you think you know the answer to something, understand you might be wrong. Well, you’re certainly wrong even. Because there will always be aspects you will overlook or just cannot know.
Start by asking questions you “already know” the answer to and discover how often you are wrong. It might be shocking at first but that will open your eyes to the amount left to be learned in the world.
Expand your world
As you get used to the above habits, start researching and discovering new aspects outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you haven’t been interested in sports your entire life? Then how about trying to understand how baseball works? Maybe you’ve never dug deeper into how music is made? Then you can try to understand how to read a piece of sheet music.
This will not only keep you from getting bored but also make you discover potential new interests!
When all of the above becomes a habit, you won’t even be able to restrain yourself from wanting to learn something. On the contrary, you might even have trouble controlling yourself from learning too many things!
But wait. Why did you even read this article? What did you expect to see? Let me know. I’m a curious fellow!