First, they are incredible lifelong learners. Take John Wooden and Stan Lee for example, in their 90's, they both have been known to be reading daily, working, and attending seminars while sitting in the first row taking notes! Imagine being in your 90's physically but mentally acting like a child who loves to learn. Stan Lee is in his 90's and still works 40+ hours a week because he loves what he does! Making comics and working on movies gives Stan energy instead of draining his energy source. They have an insatiable appetite for learning. They relentlessly want to know more, become more, and serve more. They truly love learning and equate learning and fun as synonymous.
Second, they cultivate a childlike sense of curiosity. Who most often tends to ask the best questions? Children of course, because they are so curious about the world and why things are the way they are. If you want a better answer, ask a better question. Take Ray Dalio for example, the founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Every day for years he has been getting up in the morning and asking himself one question: "What don't I know?" This is a man who for 30+ years has led a company with $167 Billion in assets where you had to have a net worth of $5 Billion to invest and $100 Million minimum buy in to invest with his company. Rather than pretending like he has all the answers he is loving being curious and trying to learn more and find out what he doesn't know. Another example is the amazing movie director Brian Grazer who credits all of his success in life to one aspect-curiosity! He says that asking questions and being so deeply curious about life and people has dramatically altered his life course. Rather than trying to be interesting, choose to be interested!
Finally, they don't accept the status quo. Just because others say it cannot be done or this is the only way to do it, they look for a new and better way. Take AirBnB for example. The co-founders were told by many highly successful and intelligent business people that their idea wouldn't work for many reasons: legal liability, competition with major hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton, and many other reasons like the fact that there was a good reason that nobody had tried this idea before with success. They don't accept 'NO' as an acceptable answer. Look at Laird Hamilton and Richard Branson-one common theme I have noticed about them is their deep commitment to innovation and fun. Both of these guys love trying new things regardless if they fail or it doesn't work the first time. They will adapt their course and try again. Just the idea of trying something new gets their juices flowing! Having fun being creative and innovative is a central theme that runs through their blood stream.
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