The older you get and the more experiences you have, the easier it is to become jaded. However, a sense of wonder at the marvels of the world help to motivate us, and drive us to learn and appreciate life more.
Related: Listen to an episode of the Intellectual Roundtable Podcast, where Lee and Michael discuss this question: ‘How can we maintain wonder?’ We also discuss another question as well, ‘How do you think others see you?’
So how to resist that creeping sense of boredom or frustration? How can we maintain wonder?
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Live sporting events have a certain thrill that comes from not knowing what is going to happen. Each year, the Super Bowl has a huge TV audience during the live broadcast, but outside of fans of the winning team, there is much less desire for recordings of past Super Bowls.
Why should that be? Where does that thrill come from? Why is it better to watch a sporting event live rather than recorded?
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Once you make up your mind on a particular topic, it can be very difficult to accept new ideas or to consider alternate opinions. Ideally, we would be open to new interpretations or different ways of looking at things, but it doesn’t always happen.
How can we be more open to alternate points of view? What is necessary to change your mind?
Related questions: How can you achieve compromise? How is a decision made? How can we encourage debate?
If I have an idea, you can argue that it exists in the biochemical stew that is my brain. If I share that idea, whether it be through speech, through writing, or through smoke signals, it now has an existence that is outside a person or persons.
Where? Where do shared ideas exist?
Related questions: Where do ideas come from? What is an idea? What does it mean to share something?
In order to have success at whatever you choose to do — career, relationships, hobbies, etc. — you need to know what it means to be successful. How would you know you’ve done it unless you know what it is?
Related: Listen to an episode of the Intellectual Roundtable Podcast, where Lee and Michael discuss this question: ‘How do you define success?’ We also discuss another question as well, ‘Is happiness the most important purpose of life?’
So let’s hear from our individual readers: How do you define success?
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