“You have to say, ‘Wait a second. Why are we doing it this way? Could it be better? Could it be different?’ That kind of curiosity, that explorer’s mind, that childlike wonder – that’s what makes an inventor.”Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon
We all were excited at one point in our lives.
Foods, bugs, stars, movie stars, teachers, athletes.
But as time went on, we lose a piece of ourselves.
Things we used to love no longer seem as enjoyable.
Days where we were giddy to get outside are now filled with desire to sleep in all day.
It all happens gradually. You don’t even notice it.
We lost our childlike wonder.
It wasn’t one specific event.
It was more than likely an accumulation of events: work, family, responsibilities, failures, and disasters that pushed our excitement to the side.
How I lost my curiosity and wonderment
This isn’t a how-to guide nor the best way or method.
No. Rather, this is how it’s worked for me.
I hope it may bring inspiration to you.
10 years ago, I was lost.
I worked 10-12 hour days, grinding out financial reports and stressed out of mind.
I told myself, “Okay, one day I’ll get to that (thing/movie/activity).”
One day became two, two became weeks, then turned months into years.
I stopped caring.
I wasn’t curious anymore.
I couldn’t see beyond what was in front of me: work.
Then, in 2012 I had this moment.
I wanted more. I wanted more from life.
That night would forever change my mindset. It would bring me back to my college days.
The days where I was hungry to learn, excited to try new things, and get out of my comfort zone.
Here’s how I regained my childlike wonder
See this kid above here? He’s curious. He’s wondering, “What is this?”
I realized in 2012 I wasn’t curious anymore.
It would eventually be the spark I needed to live my life. To fully own up to it.
I would go on to learn MMA, tackle new projects at work, get married, and travel.
Then, in 2017 I quit my job and turned down an offer with Amazon.
My childlike wonder had me asking, “What do I want to with my life that I’ve been afraid of?”
In 2018 after returning from a life-changing backpacking experience, I decided I would venture into the world of entrepreneurship.
Little did I know this would be what I was searching for in my professional life.
Admittedly, in my jobs I would constantly end up doing side projects not related to my job at hand. Hey, I was bored. I wanted more, and I didn’t feel compelled I needed permission.
(P.s. I highly recommend this. You’ll learn a ton. And you’ll learn to be self-sufficient and to think for yourself.)
In the past 3 years since turning down that Amazon offer, my curiosity and childlike wonder has skyrocketed.
I question everything. I find excitement in almost everything. And even when I don’t, I ask so I can learn more.
The best part? I’m not alone.
I found communities who feel the same exact way.
- What’s no code?
- What’s marketing? Growth hacking?
- What is lead generation?
- What’s a newsletter?
- What’s a podcast? Which ones are best?
- How do you buy a company? Wait, you can make money doing what?
So many questions!
But I love it. Absolutely love it.
If you’re asking yourself, “How do I get that sense of childlike wonder?”
It’s quite easy.
Be curious. Have a desire to learn. Ask questions. Be “in the moment”.
Tell yourself, “I want to learn. I want more in this life.”
I’ll never forget Jeff Bezos regret minimization quote:
I knew that when I was 80 I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried.Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
His quote always stood out to me above the rest.
I could be 80, on my deathbed, telling myself, “Why didn’t I go for it….”
When you start looking at it that way, chasing your dreams becomes less scary.
So I’ll end with this.
Be excited, Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Be grateful.
Have a sense of childlike wonder.
Tonight, stare up at the stars.
And ask yourself, “What will I regret?”