When we were born, the one thing we all had in common was being curious. Only by touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, and seeing were we able to build a knowledge of how life works.
As a parent, we start to realize how the most mundane things in our surroundings become exciting and new. What if we can regain this kind of curiosity for ourselves and with age?
At some point in our lives, we stop the interest of learning because we are caught up with work or other more essential things in our lives. In the States, we reached this point because we were tired of reading and writing about a specific topic for college. It might also come due to the lack of time because learning requires time.
Before this global health challenge, I found myself in a crevice of not knowing where to go and how to move forward with Mindful Being, LLC. I asked myself the following questions. Was I on the right path? What pursuits do I need to carry out to be effective? What have I been missing? How can I get the business going? And many more questions. Through a Medium article, I came across Michael Simmons, who studied successful people, including Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Charlie Munger, Elon Musk, and countless other billionaires. Simmons' foundation is built on deliberate learning and the effects of mental models, which helped to pick me up and to follow my path again. Although most of his research is based on finance- and technology-based people, looking closer, they had a lot in common with my field.
While I took part in a mini mental-mode course by Michael Simmons, I came across Ray Dalio's "Principles," which was the most insightful book I read so far. How Dalio talks about establishing life principles built a base for restarting my business and encouraged me to take all the books I read and begin by collecting information to develop my knowledge base of Mindful Being. After talking with my Mentor, Tara Framer, I became aware how my curiosity for all different aspects of life, business, humanity, biology, science, nature, and the world as a whole putting as a human in the middle is the center of what a mindful being is all about.
This health crisis we face is supporting me to pay attention to what is happening to humanity. Structuring my knowledge, I started with "Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari and Neil deGrasse Tyson's Masterclass "The Future of Our World." Getting a better hold of our history, how past experiences influence our perspectives, and how we function if we are not in control of the future gave me new leverage of connecting with the "outside" world and trying out new tools and resources. As change won't turn into a fast, new routine, the vital points are to stay present and keep revisiting our options. I am using every day to find new ways to explore and to expand my perspectives and connecting with you.
What I learned during my struggles and the challenges the world faces is if we stay entirely open and curious about what there is and what we don't know, it might provide us with a new outlook and opportunities to enjoy life fully even during tough times.