Beta Life Series – Why Curiosity Matters

Beta Life Series – Why Curiosity Matters

Beta Life Series

Why Curiosity Matters

Samuel Osho

“Why do we have to wait for the picture,” she inquired impatiently.
Inventor Edwin Land had just snapped a picture, and his three-year-old daughter’s question sparked a series of thoughts. This innocent question inspired Dr. Land to birth the Polaroid instant camera. 
 
Kids are naturally curious and hence causing chaos while testing their hypothesis. Sadly, as you age, you unconsciously learn to be less curious. You keep your mouth shut as you take everything handed to you as sacred, real, finite, and ultimate.

 

That’s a big problem! 

 
Highly intelligent individuals unveiled timeless theories and principles after hours of research to answer some “why …?” and “what if …?” statements. 
 
Why does Isaac Newton have to bother about gravitational force? 
 
Florence Nightingale could have lived like every other normal English lady and ignore revolutionizing the world of nursing with her meticulous recommendations.
 
The Wright brothers might have lived longer if they stayed clear of passion for having mechanical bodies with wings in the air. 
What would have happened if these individuals did nothing significant in contributing to the bodies of knowledge discussed above? 
 
Well, I am glad they did not stay idle but worked hard to test their assumptions and satiate their curiosity.
 
Curiosity is key to life-long learning and discovering new things.
 
No wonder Einstein once admonished a young student to “never lose a holy curiosity.”
 
The essence of education at the barest minimum is to spark curiosity in students. Unfortunately, instead of lighting a flame, a host of educational systems douse the little sparks that students bring to the classroom. 
Before you conclude that curiosity and innovation are locked to the field of sciences. It is important to note that curiosity is merely asking the right questions that stimulate boundless explorations. 
 
To be outstanding and extraordinary in your pursuit of success, you need to imbibe an all-important skill: curiosity. Your leaps will be boundless. Interestingly, it’s a skill that can be learnt and practiced. 
 
Start by asking the right open-ended questions and relentlessly find answers to them. Be warned. These are not normal and quick quizzes you took in college. 

Getting some answers may take two hours, while some may take two years. Keep searching until you surpass stumbling on new and strange things but becoming the creator, the innovator, and the producer of what your world needs. 

Beta Life Series – What Are you Investing in?

Beta Life Series – What Are you Investing in?

Beta Life Series

What Are You Investing in? 

Samuel Osho

When American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, he left a sum of $4400 USD as a gift to each of two cities, Boston and Philadelphia. The money had to be loaned out to young married couples at five percent interest. Unfortunately, the cities couldn’t have full access until 1990.

Two hundred years later, Franklin’s $8800 donation had grown to more than $6.5 million between two cities! 

 

Now, that’s a true story! 
 
Well, this is not about investments in brokerage accounts. 
 
It’s about a deliberate investment in yourself – mind, brain, skills, and relationships. 
It’s been a tradition for so many to struggle with reading three or five books a year. What if you can stay consistent with finishing ten or twenty pages per day, you will be amazed at how many books you would have completed by the end of the year. 
 
Set a goal for yourself and go for it. 
 
If you decide to read at least 20 pages of a book per day, you would have finished 12 books (200-page each) in four months. 
If you could write 250 words every day towards the completion of your book, you would have compiled a 120-page (30,000-word) first draft in about four months. 
 
If you devote one hour to learning a new skill every day, imagine how much competence you would have amassed in three months. 
 
There is tremendous power in the act of consistently investing in yourself. 

 

If you are currently experiencing a burnout or knowledge drought, don’t you think this is the best time for you to create a plan that will see you plunge into books, online courses and much more. 

You are your most valuable asset – your life, your mind, your brain, your body, your spirit, and your skills. If you can focus on making intentional investments in yourself, you will discover that there are no limits to what you can become. 

Beta Life Series – No Substitutes for Preparation

Beta Life Series – No Substitutes for Preparation

Beta Life Series

No Substitutes for Preparation

Samuel Osho

Award-winning American novelist, Sidney Sheldon was once asked, “What did you do before you wrote your first novel?” 
 
And there he goes, with an epic answer: “I was busy writing other things. I wrote 28 motion pictures, 250 television scripts and 8 Broadway plays.”

 

Perhaps this explains why his books smashed a plethora of literary records. Maybe this underpins citations that list Sheldon as one of the top ten best selling fiction writers of all time. He remains the only writer to have won an Academy Award, Tony Award, and America Edgar Award. 
 
Great things don’t just happen. Many things happen by luck or perhaps by mistake but true and lasting success is not one of them.   
Spectacular products don’t fall from the heavens. 
 
Every good thing requires process and preparation. 
 
Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I am given eight hours to cut down a tree, I will use six hours to sharpen the axe head and use the remaining two hours to cut down the tree.” 
Robust preparation improves your ability to spot opportunities and takes your execution game to a completely new level. 
 
It took Bill Gates decades of coding and hard work before earning his billions. 
It took Usain Bolt six years of running before he got his first Olympic Gold Medal. 
Barack Obama roamed the streets of Illinois for 12 years before he was handed the ticket to represent Chicago in the Senate. 

 

As technology comes with bigger promises of getting things done easier and faster, we must stay true to the timeless principles of preparation and diligence. 

Beta Life Series – Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Beta Life Series – Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Beta Life Series

Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Samuel Osho

The librarians know you by name because you are the first to come and the last to say goodbye. You studied hard and devoured textbooks like a starved soul because you believe in diligence. 

You left exam halls with faces carved in shades of smiles, it was not mere optimism but that of assurance in your answers. 
Suddenly, the results are out, but they are in sharp contrast to the efforts you sowed.

 

Quite frustrating, isn’t it? Shocked and astounded at the results, all attempts to connect the dots failed. I see you giving way to the gravity of your falling grades. Don’t give up too soon on yourself. 

In the silence of your meditation, the voice of your competencies utters comforting words.  

Be honest, you know that there is a genius in you because your solutions to real life problems are smarter than your grades. 

Life will not judge you based on your grades but your competencies – what you can do. 

 

Be strong and don’t relent, the genius in you may be inconsistent with your grades but that’s the only light in you that can change the world. Keep it burning! 

Today, permit yourself to live above your school grades. Live above what school called you and embrace what life has got to offer you. 

Beta Life Series – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Beta Life Series – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Beta Life Series

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Samuel Osho

It’s a competitive world, but I am resolute about my stance not to compete with anyone. Some few years ago, I shelved the idea of joining the queue to enroll in the endless rat race. 

 

On this other side, I see peace smiling at me and serenity lodges in my abode all day. In this rare cubicle of uniqueness, I celebrate the victory of others without a tinge of anxiety or jealousy. This is the best way to live your life and get the best out of your days. 

So, am I sitting on my oars or complacent? Oh! No, I push myself so hard, and my standards are super high, but this is the difference – I compete with myself.

Whatever I am doing to get better, I am doing solely for myself and not for anyone to see. A version of me today has to be much better than the version of me you met six months ago.

That is the goal!

A drive for success and greatness that is based on comparisons is not only myopic; it tends to be short-lived. 

It’s obvious that we love metrics but it’s an insult to the investment in you to compare yourself with another person. 

 

When you live your life aimed at becoming the best version of yourself, there will be no need for unhealthy competition that hurts others so you can win. 
I hope you find the peace and joy that comes with competing with yourself and becoming the best version of yourself. 

 

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