I’m sure you have heard the phrase “curiosity killed the cat,” but this week I have been hearing a different message. During an episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Bob Iger, the former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, included curiosity in his list of most important qualities of a good leader. He told Oprah that he had to stay curious about new projects and new ways of doing things or the company would not survive. In the prologue of his book, Ride of a Lifetime, Mr. Iger writes about the importance of “fueling a deep and abiding curiosity in oneself and inspiring that in the people around you. The path of innovation begins with curiosity.” Curiosity seems to be working for him. Under his leadership, Disney has had unprecedented growth and creative success. By the way, if you haven’t read his book I highly recommend it. The stories he shares are fascinating, even if you’re not a huge Disney geek like me!
Last week, I listened to an episode of Brené Brown’s podcast “Unlocking Us” featuring author, psychologist, and holocaust survivor, Dr. Edith Eger. During the conversation, Dr. Eger told Brené that curiosity helped her survive the unspeakable cruelty at Auschwitz. She was sixteen years old when she was loaded onto a truck with her sister and mother not knowing where it would take them. Through the slats of the overcrowded truck, her boyfriend told her that he would never forget her eyes. He would never forget her hands. During the horrors of Auschwitz, she told herself, “If I survive today, then tomorrow I will be free and I will show my boyfriend my beautiful eyes and beautiful hands.” Despite being told daily that she would never get out alive, somehow she knew she had to remain curious about tomorrow. In her second book, The Gift, Dr. Eger writes:
“Freedom is a lifetime practice – a choice we get to make again and again each day. Ultimately, freedom requires hope, which I define in two ways: the awareness that suffering, however terrible, is temporary; and the curiosity to discover what happens next. Hope allows us to live in the present instead of the past, and to unlock the doors of our mental prisons.”
Dr. Eger tells her incredibly inspiring story in her first book, The Choice, which I’m reading now. She also shared it with Oprah in 2019 on an episode of Super Soul Sunday. This weekend I ended up watching both Dr. Eger’s interview and Bob Iger’s interview with Oprah on the same night. Apparently, Spirit wanted to make sure I got the message from Eger and Iger to stay curious!
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Until next time, stay curious!
Yet even the little spark in your mind is enough to lighten it. Bring this light fearlessly with you, and bravely hold it up to the foundation of the ego’s thought system.
A Course in Miracles ~ T-11.In.3:6-7