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November 27, 2008

Fortunately we're not cats

They say that curiosity killed the cat. I can vouch for that. I started off in life working with electrical power transmission and I saw a large number of cats who met a bad end due to their curiosity.

Fortunately we're not cats!!

Being curious, asking questions and having an inquisitive mind is actually one of the hardest things for anybody to do.

I have watched many people, clients and colleagues alike, who were happy to just accept what they were told, and to accept what they were presented as fact, and to not delve any further into why.

It is paralysing. A dead end way to run a life. 

Why are people like that? We're taught to be like that. This is one of the reasons why people don't like candor.

Don't question, just do. Don't challenge my authority. Don't make me look foolish in front of everybody else. Why don't you just go along with what "the company" is trying to achieve?

Being curious is difficult, and in the wrong place it can also be personally dangerous!

But it is essential. It is the reason why we continue to progress as a species, and the reason why we live longer, know more with each generation, and why we continue to get work.

Clients see enough nodding heads around them every day. They appreciate tactful straight talk. 

Bank on it.