by I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
When my children were young they loved the book Curious George. Josh and Alix would crack up when reading the adventures of this very curious monkey.
Kids are naturally curious. Every parent knows the joy of looking at the world through the eyes of a child. Everything is new. Everything is fresh. Everything is an adventure.
In our Sound Financial Decisions™ video, we talk about the importance of Organizing and Understanding our financial life, before decisions are made.
That’s why, when speaking with your financial professional, an impactful conversation is key.
So what fuels a good conversation? You guessed it. Curiosity. Being curious.
So if curiosity is so important, why is curiousity so elusive for many of us.
Our oldest stories about curiosity are warnings: Adam and eve and the apple of knowledge, Icarus and the sun, Pandora’s box. Early Christian theologians rallied against curiosity: Saint Augustine claimed that “God fashioned hell for the inquisitive.” Even humanist philosopher Erasmus suggested that curiosity was greed by a different name. For most of Western history, it has been regarded as at best a distraction, at worst a poison, corrosive to the soul and to society. There is a reason for this. Curiosity is unruly. It doesn’t like rules, or, at least, it assumes that all rules are provisional, subject to the laceration of a smart question nobody has yet thought to ask. 1
Curiosity is a virtue like kindness and patience. With patience, curiosity can be developed. Good conversationalists are naturally curious because they have a passion for knowledge and have a hunger for rich experience.
If you are curious if a financial advisor can strum his guitar and sing a song about Curiosity,
Curiosity was written by Barenaked Ladies
1- Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it.