Curiosity.


The idea for this week’s topic for the Weekly Friday 2 on 1 blog post came to me following a visit to some friends last week to see the new home that they had moved into recently. While we were discussing many things there, being challenged by two very young but sharp minds, their father, no pushover either, observed that though I am not physically very active, mentally I am very curious and keep abreast of many things which he found unusual.

In that particular environment of the whole family taking part in wide ranging discussions, I could not come up with the a repartee that I wanted to but, later, after I came home and had accessed my bank of quotations, I found exactly what I was looking for.

Thomas Freidman in his book The World Is Flat came up with this equation :

I sent the Wikipedia link to my friend and added that I had plenty of CQ and PQ but hardly any IQ.  He responded with :

Bloger Cheerful Monk is another great advocate of curiosity. I wonder what her response to this post will be!

I hope that my fellow blogger Shackman has come up with something as weird as this post in his blog. Please do go over and check.

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15 Responses to Curiosity.

  1. shackman says:

    Actually CQ +PQ may actually generate your real IQ – nothing like passion and curiosity to stimulate the brain cells. That combination just might trigger optimal performance.

  2. nick says:

    I’m an intensely curious person, and I’m always asking awkward questions that other people see as irrelevant nit-picking. As I said to Chuck, the Primark building in Belfast was burnt down recently, and the next door Tesco store was closed in case the Primark building collapsed onto it. My immediate question was what happened to all the food in Tesco. Was it left to rot? Was it removed and given to food banks or the homeless? Nobody else has even posed the question, let alone answered it.

    I probably have a fairly high passion quotient as well. Without passion, life would be pretty dull.

  3. tammy j says:

    wow. I would be thinking the same thing Nick. what a waste otherwise.
    “it is more important to be passionate and curious than to be merely smart.”
    are these the wonderful people who think outside the box? and who were allowed to color outside the lines?
    GO FRIEDMAN! GO SEAN!

    • I’m afraid I don’t agree. A good friend of mine in grammar and high school wasn’t very smart and she wasn’t curious or passionate. But this post reminded me of her today and I was overwhelmed with warm feelings. I haven’t seen her since we graduated, but I’m still grateful that she was in my life. Who’s to say her life was a waste?

    • Now, let me be curious Tammy. Go where?

  4. interesting concept, one I hadn’t thought of ever…I wax/wane on such lettering …

    • One does not consciously think of such things on a regular basis. When something however happens in my life to trigger off a memory, a blog post results. In this case, the word curious triggered the memory about the Freidman formula.

  5. It reminds me of what Andy kept saying to Kaitlin when she was young, “Smart people are a dime a dozen, you have to be effective!” I also remember when Andy and I went to a parent-teacher’s conference when Kaitlin was in high school. I told the counselor I wasn’t worried about her getting the best grades, I wanted her to be excited about learning. He argued that grades were important to get into a good college. She ended up doing just fine.

    Thanks to synchronicity, I saw this article today about a gal who was doing graduate research in Cambridge in the late 1960’s and thought she wasn’t smart enough to be there, but she decided to work her hardest and just see if she got kicked out. Instead she ended up making a breakthrough discovery in fundamental physics. She’s just been awarded a $3 million prize for it. (Her Ph.D. supervisor had been awarded the Nobel Prize for her discovery.)

    • There are other factors at work here besides just curiosity. The greatest is her ability to shrug off the disappointment and get on and persistence. Application and commitment also come to mind.

      Smart, efficient etc are words indiscriminately used in Management and Andy is right. It is being effective that matters most.

    • article on the woman graduate – amazing but it still seems that with all the accolades of recent years, she is still on the “outer fringes” of science… I didn’t read all the technical details more the person/interest…

  6. I suspect that there is a correlation between IQ and at least CQ.

    You’ll like this – my 21-year-old son told me that now that’s he’s graduated from university, he likes to research different things to keep him learning. I was tickled to hear that, because I do the same thing.

    • Absolutely. I am indeed impressed with the young man’s comments. Here, immediately after the results are out, graduates will either start the hunt for admission to the next level of academia or employment.

  7. Joared says:

    …and then there is Emotional IQ…….

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