Did Curiosity Kill the Cat?

As the saying goes… curiosity killed the cat. I don’t actually think that’s true. The cat might be dead but I’d say it was more likely bad planning than curiosity that did the kitty in.

I’d say that because one of the most common characteristics of successful people is curiosity. Their need to know how something works, their need to understand why it works that way, and their need to know if there is a better way for it to work pushes them to try new things. 

Successful people are seldom willing to merely accept the status quo. 

They take risks. Not wild risks but well thought out, well measured and well considered risks. Their curiosity, or need to know, drives them to expose the “as is” to the possibilities of the “could be.” They know that without a doubt good enough never really is good enough. 

Successful people develop a plan that allows them to minimize the downside of risk taking. They understand the potential for failure and they are willing to accept that risk. What they won’t accept is the failure that comes from not trying, or the failure that comes from a lack of curiosity. 

Successful people know that never taking a risk is the riskiest move they can make. 

When you ask a truly successful person “why do you do it that way?” you will never hear, “because we have always done it that way.”  They know exactly why they do what they do and why something is done a certain way because their curiosity has motivated them to learn.

I’d bet a bunch a money that if curiosity really did kill the cat that the cat thought learning something new was worth the risk and hey, at least the cat died knowing. 😊

So what about you? Are you the type of cat that needs to know? Will you allow curiosity to fuel your success? 

I, and you, need to know….

 

It Isn’t Safe to Play it Safe

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I’m a big fan of playing it safe. I guess it’s my conservative nature. I grew up in a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” environment and I can still make a strong case for that strategy today.

The problem is, it’s a very bad strategy for the world we do business in today. The “let’s play it safe” people are getting hammered more and more everyday. There is not a business around today that can afford to “leave well enough alone.”

The only way to be safe today is to take a risk! I’m not talking crazy, thoughtless risk; I’m talking about thoughtful, considered risk. Doing the same thing next year that you did last year will NOT get you the same results. The people that thrive in the coming years will be the first who realize that just because something was the right thing to do yesterday doesn’t mean it’s still the right thing to do today.

Such a person is one Randy Gage. If you follow me on Twitter you have probably seen me tweet a bunch about Randy’s latest book, Risky is the New Safe. I posted those tweets for the same reason I’ve committed a blog post to this subject. I believe Randy’s book can help many people. There is absolutely nothing else in it for me. I’m promoting Risky is the New Safe because I believe it “fits” with my online mission of helping others.

I’ve never met Randy “in person” but here’s what I can tell you about him. This guy gets it! In his book Randy provides a kind of road map to success, and not just the success of today but the success of a great many tomorrows.

Here’s what I like most about Risky is the New Safe, when you read it you’re no longer alone in your risk taking. It’s almost like there is someone there with you, a coach if you will, offering support, guidance and lesson’s from his own life experiences. It’s written from the depth and perspective of someone who has vision and is willing to share it with others.

No matter what you do and no matter how you do it, it’s highly unlikely that you can maintain your success by just continuing to do it indefinitely. The world is changing everyday and everyday it changes a little faster than the day before. There is no more “safe;” you either accept the challenge of risk or you accept your fate. The choice is yours.

I truly believe that Risky is the New Safe will help you make better choices and decisions about your future. You might find it to be just the push you need to get out of your “supposedly safe” bubble and into a life filled with pleasure and success.

Lest I forget, you can also catch Randy’s wisdom on Twitter – follow him @Randy_Gage

I hope your very next choice is to read this great, potentially life changing book!