I disagree with the very negative opinion about the education system expressed by James Altucher, an economic writer who says he needs very little in life. However, in this post, he does make a couple of great points about something he finds essential: curiosity.
For one thing, he says it leads to happiness: “Dopamine is being released because I am in anticipation of the reward of curiosity getting satisfied. Higher dopamine equals greater happiness, better brain and heart health. Live longer.” I admit, I feel pretty good when I’m satisfying my curiosity.
I think he’s also correct that curiosity leads to greater creativity, maybe to better relationships and community. Not so sure about fighting Alzheimer’s but anything that exercises your brain can’t be bad.
But for me, this is the core of his thoughts on creativity.
Our comfort zone is where we are safe in the womb of life. Our real self is everything beyond that.
The Curiosity Zone is bigger than the Comfort Zone.
Every time you are curious, you punch another hole in that comfort zone.
I am certainly saving that idea to use sometime, somewhere.