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Fierce Curiosity

October 3, 2009

Emeril Lagasse, the TV Food Network star, explained his choice of career, saying, “I had this fierce curiosity about this food thing.” What do you have a fierce curiosity for? How can you make those thing(s) part of your education?

Attitudes
These are things I need to be successful and to help me make it through things that may not seem relevant to me, but are necessary for achieving my goals.

Dewey reminded us that the goal of education is more education.
To be well-educated, then, is to have the desire as well as the means
to make sure that learning never ends.

• Alfie Kohn (2004), What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated?, p. 10

Aptitudes and Abilities
These are things I learn easily, do well, and enjoy.

These are things I learn easily, do well, but don’t particularly enjoy.
(A friend once gave me some good advice. She said that people sometimes need to hide their competence if they don’t want to get stuck doing things that aren’t satisfying. Of course, this isn’t always an option, but there are often choices and just because you do something well doesn’t mean you have to do it.)

These are things I struggle with.

When we suppress our originality, we lose touch with the source of our vitality and initiative. The greatest learning and achievements come not from standardized group work but from the unique efforts of individuals.
In this regard, the human spirit has its own set of rules. In many ways, it is rebellious. The imperative to live life differently, on our own terms, keeps building until it breaks through the surface. It is then up to us not to let it fade away.
•Robert C. Cooper (2001),
The Other 90%

Affinities
These are subjects/things I am drawn to.

Cherish forever what makes you unique,
‘cause you’re really a yawn when it goes.
• Bette Midler

Affections
These are subjects/things I am passionate about.

Happiness is to find out what one is fitted to do and to secure
an opportunity to do it.
• John Dewey

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What are your attitudes, aptitudes, abilities, affinities, and affections?

Whenever it is, in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his [or her] life work some occupation which he [or she] should like to do anyhow, even if he [or she] did not need the money.
• William Lyon Phelps

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