Are you curious?

MEAx Australia | Are you curious? | 3rd November 2021

This week we are excited to be unveiling a new look and name for our weekly MEAx newsletter. Curiosity Corner. As we brainstormed different names and ideas, we kept being drawn back to the word curiosity as a defining characteristic of a modern elder. As MEA founder Chip Conley said, “A Modern Elder is as much an intern as they are a mentor because they realise that in a world that is changing at increasing speed, their beginner’s mind and catalytic curiosity can be a life-affirming elixir for both themselves and those around them. In sum, Modern Elders are as curious as they are wise. Curiosity opens up possibility. Wisdom distils down what’s essential.”

Curiosity lubricates our minds to reimagine what life could look like and to see the world in new and exciting ways. A willingness to transition to something ‘else’ requires an open mind, especially when you don’t know what the ‘else’ is. Curiosity requires a growth mindset, a concept that was popularised by Dr Carol Dweck to describe those who have a desire to improve themselves by learning. She wrote, “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are when you could be getting better?” With a growth mindset the focus moves from ‘proving’ yourself to ‘improving’ yourself.

Curiosity is not the exclusive domain of the young. In fact perhaps, it is part of what keeps us young? As we transition through all the ages and stages of life and move from endings to new beginnings, we need to consciously cultivate curiosity. We need to embrace a growth mindset that combines wisdom with curiosity and have the courage to “begin” again. To have an expansive life, we need to embrace an expansive mind. As Einstein said; “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

Stay curious,
The MEAx Team

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