Cultivate Your Curiosity

“At this rate, I’m still going to be aspiring by the time I’m expiring.”
― Scott Cherney

“The successful cannot be unhappy — it was a contradiction in terms.”
― Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger

“If you fail at the large things it means you have not large ambitions. Concentration, focus – that is all. The aptitudes come, the tools forge themselves.”
― Ian Fleming, Doctor No

“I can only strive for what is important”
― Rosie Thomas, Iris & Ruby

“Your career success in the workplace of today–independent of technical expertise–depends on the quality of your people skills. (9)”
― Max Messmer Jr., Managing Your Career for Dummies

“He’d had his career, his triumphs. Success had brought him nothing but misery; he couldn’t handle it. Success had thrown him in the gutter”
― John Grisham, The Testament

“As Henry Moore carved
or modelled his sculpture every day,
he strove to surpass Donatello

4. and failed, but woke the next morning
elated for another try.”
― Donald Hall

“Many of our problems are broadly similar to those that undermined … Norse Greenland, and that many other past societies also struggled to solve. Some of those past societies failed (like the Greenland Norse) and others succeeded … The past offers us a rich database from which we can learn in order that we may keep on succeeding.”
― Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

“How many stopped-up men and women does it take to produce one Einstein? Ten? A thousand? A hundred thousand? … So this is what Einstein meant when he looked me in the eye that day and said, I would be nothing without you. It was not success he saw written in my face. He saw, rather, that I would never accomplish anything at all.”
― Rana Dasgupta, Solo

“Cultivate your curiosity. Keep it sharp and always working. Consider curiosity your life preserver, your willingness to try something new. Second, enlarge your enthusiasm to include the pursuit to excellence, following every task through to completion. Third, make the law of averages work for you. By budgeting your time more carefully than most people you can make more time available. Does the combination of curiosity, enthusiasm, and the law of averages guarantee success Indeed it does not … Success in the final analysis always involves luck or the element of chance. Louis Pasteur grasped this well when he said that chance favors the prepared mind.”
― John Hanley Jr.