in Creativity, Motivation, Philosophy

The Fast & The Curious

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Did you read, see or hear anything interesting? Did you look into it any further?

It’s OK if you didn’t, most of us don’t. We just perk up with a curious “Hmm?” for a second before going about our business. What if we followed that lead? Most things don’t get caught in our web. When they do we should take note. It tells us that there’s something for us to explore.

Surprised Cat

Curiosity killed the WHAT?!

I was at a meeting and said something like: “Most people don’t want to know about the ‘complexities’ of it. They already trust your judgement, give them something simple they can use. I mean, none of us can explain how the hell a zipper works and we use it every day!”.

It was meant to prove a point but it did something else. It annoyed me to no end. I understood the hook-part, but how did the slide connect them? I had to learn how a zipper works.

At first I felt stupid. I’d gone through life never even thinking about it until now. But that’s the thing. It was so banal that I just hadn’t payed it any attention. All of a sudden the spotlight was cast on my ignorance. This had to be corrected. The zipper would have its day!

Zipper - Rescue Rangers

I’d say your fly was open, if you had any damn pants on!

I went on YouTube and watched some videos, one came close to explaining it but I didn’t grasp it fully. Then I found a text that described the process. I won’t go into it but you can read it here!

Learning about the history behind the zipper gave me another great example about iteration. That a first draft of your work might spark an idea later in the process. Maybe you pick up a book at the flea market that contains a poem written 150 years ago by a virtually unknown Hungarian that sparks an idea for YOUR next song.

If you just follow your curiosity where it leads you, you’ll start latching your interests together.

Just like a zipper.

Something About Mary

I’m nad, i’m nad, you know it!

Zippin’ it up with some quotes!

“Since I was old enough to understand what a songwriter/producer is, I’ve had a curiosity about how Max Martin creates what he creates. I wanted to see that happen. I wanted to be there. I wanted to learn from him.” – Taylor Swift

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

“We must not be afraid to push boundaries; instead, we should leverage our science and our technology, together with our creativity and our curiosity, to solve the world’s problems.” – Jason Silva

“You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.” – Sir Ken Robinson

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