questionswhat ignites your curiosity to learn more?

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I wouldn't equate going back to school with learning. I've had a lust for learning all my life. I read science journals, keep up on the latest advances in technology and our understanding of the universe, etc... I'm in no hurry to go back to college, unless you count MIT's Open Courseware or iTunes U.

Never stop learning. Never stop questioning. Never be satisfied with what you know now. Tommy Lee Jones, in MIB, said it pretty well. "Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."

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@rprebel: That's fair; better way of phrasing it might be, "What puts your back in the educational mindset?" or, simply, "What makes you go out and dig into something new?"

Basically, I'm guilty of just letting the world go by when I should be hunting it down, grabbing it by its haunches, and humping it into infotastic submission. Curious what makes other people do that.

Uh, you know, maybe not as colorfully.

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That's pretty cool.

The term "what will they think of next" always seems to apply.

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When you open up to new things, it creates new opportunity.
If you find a routine and stay with what's comfortable, new opportunities are rare.

The big breaks in life rarely come looking for you, but there are a lot waiting to be found :) Educating yourself can often be the first step for reaching many of them.

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Short answer to your initial question: realizing that I don't know how or why something is or is not. Frequently, this happens when someone asks me a question.

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@baqui63: I like that! It's amazing how powerful a simple question can be.

One of the things I've learned as a manager is that a lot of people know a lot of things they don't know they know. Asking the right question is a lot more powerful than telling them something.

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@gatzby: So integral! Many managers never learn this.
Additionally, being on the receiving side, you can learn almost as much from a bad manager as you can a good manager...you just learn what not to do, haha.

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Interesting video, but at my age I feel like I have learned enough. I'm just not sure that anything else I might learn can benefit anyone but myself. Now I'm confused about what I just typed....that should explain it.

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I love figuring out how things work. Ever since I was a kid I've always questioned how and why things work the way they do. I really enjoy learning as much as I can about anything and everything.

What really gets me going is space, though. The vastness and scale of space is incredible. There is simply no way to comprehend the enormity of it all.