Curiosity can empower you or impede you.

Tony C. Franklin

1/31/20241 min read

"Curiosity can empower you or impede you."

Being curious and focused is a powerful combination. I define this combination as unleashing your curiosity within the domain of a particular task: asking questions about how things work, exploring different lines of attack for solving the problem, reading ideas from outside domains while always looking for ways to transfer the knowledge back to your main task, and so on. Even though you're exploring widely, you're generally moving the ball forward on the main thing. You start something and you keep searching until you find an effective way to finish it.

Meanwhile, when your curiosity sends you off in a dozen different directions and fractures your attention, then it can prevent you from focusing on one thing long enough to see it through to completion. Curious, but unfocused. You're jumping from one topic to the next, they aren't necessarily related, your efforts don't accumulate, you're simply exploring. You start many things and finish few.

How is your curiosity being directed? Is it rocket fuel or a roadblock?"

Borrowed completely from James Clear's 3-2-1 newsletter.

We are about to finish the first month of 2024, has it been productive for you? As a writer, I find the internet both a fantastic Library of information and a pool of quicksand which sucks me into a hole of non-productivity. Many people are surprised to find out my writing goal is only 250 words per day. That's a minimum goal that helps me maintain a habit. Writing more than that is a bonus that helps me reach my larger goals much sooner.