Just For The Hell of It

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

Leonardo da Vinci

I think it’s natural to be interested in many different things, or fall in love with a particular skill and become obsessed.

Look closely at any entrepreneur, creative or deep thinker from history (Copernicus, Galilei, Kepler, Da Vinci, Descartes, etc) and you’ll see a wide variety of interests and pursuits.

Artist, mathematician, writer, philosopher, poet, composer… the list goes on and on.

You could argue that the world was simpler and slower then, before the age of the internet and the constant change expanding around us. But I’m sure people have always felt the world-changing too quickly around them.

Leonardo da Vinci lived in the dawn of the printing press, for example.

Churchill was always on the move—experiencing both WW1, WW2, and all of the technological advances that came about in that era—and yet still managed to write at least 43 books and paint over 500 paintings.

All that to say, curiosity drives creativity.

Don’t feel like you have to only learn one field and one field alone because everyone says so. Specialization is a relatively new idea. It has its upsides, of course. And information and knowledge are only expanding. But don’t let that stop you from letting your curiosity drive you. If you have the urge to learn to paint—learn to paint! If you want to learn music production—do it!

The only boundaries that exist are the ones we put on ourselves. Sometimes you need to learn something new and exciting just for the hell of it. Forget ROIs. Forget money. Do it to have fun and to be inquiring.

Who knows what great ideas you will come up with and connect by expanding your interests wide.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #966

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