Lately, I have taken for granted our ability to tap into our curiosity, embrace our imagination and think beyond our current norms. In the doldrums of the Twitter feed, many are often sucked into the activities of content regurgitation and knee jerk assumptions. Discovery is buried deep within the retweets and status updates; golden nuggets are rare, that when found, it is unknown what we should do with it.
In a recent TED talk, James Cameron discusses how he tapped into his curiosity to create the blockbuster, Avatar. He delivered these pearls of wisdom:
- Curiosity is the most powerful thing YOU own.
- Imagination is a force that can actually manifest reality.
- Respect (of your team) is more important than all the laurels in the world.
“Don’t put limitations on yourself; others will do that for you,” Cameron says.
Every great discovery originated with creative imagination sparked by curiosity. What is your great discovery? Here are some ways I keep my mind and imagination active…How do you tap into your curiosity? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
- Read some good children’s stories. I recommend C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia (read entire series, not just those books that have been made into a movie). Currently, I am reading and analyzing Alice and the Looking Glass for a blog post series on online etiquette/privacy/community.
- Embrace the natural talents bestowed upon you. Since I can remember, I have enjoyed writing…fiction, non-fiction-it did not matter as long as I had a pencil and notepad. To cultivate this talent, I start each morning with a writing exercise from A Writer’s Workbook by Caroline Sharp.
- Think visually. Perhaps the written word is weighing your down original thought? I am no David Armano, but I love to mix up my thought process with mind maps and drawing exercises.
Take ownership of your curiosity.