Are you genuinely interested in how something works, why things happen, what people think?
Do you look at articles describing how some industry you’re not a part of is facing a new market or regulatory challenge?
Are you entertained to learn that Starbucks Frappuccinos and iced coffees may be changing ice cube usage customs in Europe?
Do you click on links to articles about Africapitalism and venture philanthropy?
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to “fly” off a cliff wearing a Wingsuit?
Do you wonder how the education systems of the US can be improved by the proliferation of MOOC’s and alternative learning services like Udacity, Khan Academy, and others?
Do you marvel at how a rocket engine made mostly of solid rubber can power a spaceship launch?
Do you look at things as they are, and imagine how they could be changed by process improvements, new inventions, or new technology?
Are you an “early adopter” of new ideas?
The ultimate question is: Are you curious?
The happiest and most successful people I know are curious. They choose to be explorers in a modern world. Pursuing answers to what, where, who, how, and (of course) why is what makes them tick. Their curiosity is the key to an engaged existence.
They may not find, nor like, all of the answers. That doesn’t stop their insatiable curiosity to learn more.
Show me someone lacking curiosity for life, and I’ll show you the closest thing to a living, breathing member of the walking dead. Who knew curiosity would be better than shotguns against zombies?