“Curiosity killed the cat” was a statement teachers and parents never failed to drum in the ears of kids when I was growing up. If you have to ask how precise the statement is, you might have to spend more time with kids, or recount your days as a kid. The more relevant question would be to find out what curiosity is. We are not going to run to our dictionaries this time, because kids and curiosity is a topic better handled with practical knowledge. If you give it a little thought, you might agree that curiosity is an urge not to accept ignorance as the order of the day. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle reiterated that the mind was a blank slate ‘TABULA RASA’. If you have any faith in Aristotle, you can imagine that kids will have the most blank tabula rasas out there.
Consequently, it is easy to see why curiosity is a mainstay for young minds. It is merely a quest for knowledge, an instinct to learn about intriguing stuff that they see daily. Tracking back to the first statement of this blog post, it might interest you to find that curiosity didn’t kill the cat. It’s just something little kids and nosy people are told to scare them off limits.
You may refer to the mind of a child as the eighth wonder of the world. As far as “catch them young” goes, you can make a successful entrepreneur out of a kid if you channel their beautiful minds sufficiently. This abundance of curiosity, sincerity, and fearlessness are very important factors that make great entrepreneurs. It is disappointing to remember that we were all kids at some point and had these qualities. However, the purity in the results of our curiosity was stained with fear and excessive carefulness as we grew older. If only your teachers and parents back then thought outside the box to help you harness your early curiosity, you’d have been a great entrepreneur. Well, maybe you are, the point is, you have a chance to help your kids, or kids under your custody be great, and I don’t want you to see it slip away.
Schools and institutions are not supposed to define a kid. They are only there to give a kid all that is required to kick down doors when his future as an adult arrives. Schools today, make children take specific tests and classes with no cares given about the various passions of the kids. Apparently, they must learn and cram irrelevant theories to succeed, leaving no room for self-discovery. I mentioned somewhere within the article that most adults lose their natural curiosity and fearlessness. It still stands true.
It’s better times now, as more adults are finding the guts to face entrepreneurship head on. This has culminated in a growing population of entrepreneurs out there. You don’t have to rack your brains about where to start after reading this piece, I’d never leave you hanging. Here’s a start! Make sure your ward is part of our exciting entrepreneur training camp. See you there.
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