I knew something horrible had happened. The sound scared me before I felt anything more than a weird sensation. Immediately the intense sympathy I could never quite muster for people complaining of backaches came rushing in with the pain.
The culprit was one of those huge tractor tires in a torturous bootcamp exercise class. As per instructions, I was flipping it over and over. If I had been paid to do it, I would have refused on the principle that it was workplace endangerment. In this case, I was actually paying real money to do this.
Oh joy of tequila and neck strain–I’m writing my second book. Many people have asked me how to go about writing a book, and it’s a great question with answers that are changing almost daily. After sitting down with dozens of potential authors, I decided to share some things about writing a book that I never heard before jumping in the first time…and I wish that I had. If you’re considering writing your book, maybe this will save you some time, money and frustration.
Here is my unusual and maybe even important advice for how to write a book.
I’m curious about a lot of things. Actually, I’m curious whether I’m curious about too many things. Since I have learned that I’m often wrong, perhaps of all of the things that I have learned in the whole fucking world, these may not be the most important, but they may be close…if you really think about it.
Staking a claim in and tackling the topic of curiosity is like taking a plunge into the the murky pond of the grey area. Traditionally, for a blog post to be sharable, ideally it has to provide a simple solution to a commonly searched problem…or include a cute photo or video of a cat. The challenge with curiosity is that it’s not a highly searched topic because, other than being a cure for boredom and enjoying a one-way-ticket to rove around Mars, curiosity is undervalued as the tremendous problem-solver it is.
The challenge with curiosity is that it is
New for 2015:
Each week at the Living Curiously Lifestyle, Curious? will bring you seemingly random and interesting things to stoke the fires of your curiosity. If you find a connection, generate an insight, or you’re inspired to plan an adventure, let me know in the comments below because we’re planning lots of cool stuff for the Tribe of the Curious.
There will always be people who love to cause trouble by being more critical and threatening than our activities, creations, ideas, and products warrant. The invisibility cloak of the virtual world is often mistaken for invincibility, so people can dish the negative crap out in a way that they never would if they had to address you face-to-face. It’s good to be curious enough to differentiate between a threat and valuable feedback, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to tell the difference. Labeling all critics as ‘haters’ or ‘trolls’ confuses the issue.
The truth is
How can we think more insightfully about Ferguson so we can begin to reverse cycles of distrust and violence? Perhaps elevating curiosity ahead of criticism and sneaking peeks at what the science of judgment and decision-making reveals can help us come to more insightful judgments and decisions. The Living Curiously Lifestyle will continue to curate, cultivate and share what is often trapped in the annals of academia.
If you’re just joining us, grab Day 1, then Day 2, then Day 3, and then Day 4.
Opinion versus Advice
I’m offering the opinion that the science of judgment and decision-making may hide valuable clues to solving huge societal problems like the one illustrated by the tragedy in Ferguson. I am not offering advice. Here’s why:
Another day, another judgment and decision-making trap to avoid when analyzing Ferguson and other complex issues.
If you’re just joining us, grab Day 1, then Day 2 and then Day 3.
Law of Small Numbers
Not only can the science of judgment and decision-making inspire you to look at the trial of Ferguson in new ways, it will allow you to examine our criminal justice system differently.
If you’re just joining us, grab Day 1 and then Day 2.
Framing structures questions by defining what must be decided and what way criteria should be used
Mystique and curiosities can be found in a strip mall as often as in an exotic village—if you’re really curious.
Discoveries are just as great when adventuring and traveling around the world as they are adventuring in our own neighborhood. I love collecting curiosities and discovering the mystique in the mundane. Admittedly, sometimes curiosities and the mystique are found sitting on my ass and collecting and curating things sent electronically by adventuring friends and members of the Tribe of the Curious. Thanks for that!
While traveling in the Florida Keys earlier this year, I stumbled desperately into