Feed your curiosity. Try things out. Learn. Grow

Our professional life is busy, busy, busy… and we struggle to find time to do something out of our level of expertise. I think we should schedule some time to try new things - even though it might not benefit us directly. We should feed our curiosity.
I keep on trying new things every week

Every week I aim at trying out something new. I was asked recently on an interview why do I use apps like FoursquareInstagram… and even signed up for Google+ although I don't like it all that much.

Well, I like to know how things work… and in order to keep developing my product (Nozbe) I need to see how other products work and what kind of approach they take to commonly known problems. I want to know, how these things feel.

Steve Jobs disassembled a Sony Walkman

Do you know the web site iFixit? What they do is they disassemble new Apple products to show you how it can be done and to see what's inside. Here's how they tear down my newest Macbook Air.

Well, Steve Jobs, the famous CEO of Apple was so fascinated in the 80s by Sony that he bought the Sony Walkman and disassembled it to see how it's done on the inside. He wanted to understand how it worked. Judging from the fact how Apple now makes beautiful small gadgets like iPods, iPhones, iPads or the new Macbook Airs, his curiosity helped him shape the products of the future. He didn't build a competitor to the Walkman at first… but when he was building the iPod 20 years later he knew what he was doing.

I wanna be like Steve…

Well, I don't. But I totally understand his curiosity and I'm dedicated to trying out new things. I have so much on my plate that I don't normally have time for this… but I try to make time and I believe you should do the same. We grow by learning new things and studying how things work. This makes us better and helps us serve our customers better.

What's the newest thing you tried out recently?

I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 (business)

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Sep 22, 2011 21:38
Excellent post Michael. I try new apps, social media and this year started a blog. I also extend that to music, movies and books. I just want to be open to new ways of thinking.
Michael Sliwinski
Sep 23, 2011 17:10
It's really important to set aside some time (schedule it) to try new things constantly. It helps you stay fresh and open to new ideas. Glad you're moving in this direction Gretchen! Have a great weekend!