“One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”
It’s easy to be average. Anyone can wake up in the morning, follow a routine without thinking much about what it is they are doing, go to bed and then repeat the process the next day. It’s easy for most of us to live without trying. We can follow a routine, do as we’re told or taught, and dedicate our time to becoming a mindless meat sack in front of a computer or television screen.
By living without thinking creatively, we are little more than a stone that sits on a hillside.
Ironically, it’s also easy to be remarkable. It’s easy to think like a creative genius and to create something that could change the world.
Wilbur and Orville didn’t have high school diplomas, their lack of formal education, however, didn’t stop the brothers from pursuing their curiosity for flying ‒ an interest brought on at young ages from a toy helicopter.
Orville and Wilbur Wright have gone on to be mentioned in every high school history book, as the brothers who helped build the modern world of aviation.
All it took for the Wright brothers to succeed was a passion for the sky, and a lot of curiosity.
All it would take for you to be remarkable is an unquenchable curiosity of the world around you. At the heart of creative thinking is curiosity. Ask questions about everything, take things apart to see how they work, beg questions of those you look up to.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” ‒ Albert Einstein.
Photo by Joao Vicente.