When I came home from school each day my mother didn't ask me, "Did you get the right answer today?"

Instead, she would query, "Did you ask a good question today?"

She understood that asking the right questions is much more useful than trying to have all the answers.

Asking questions about history helps us learn from the past. Questions regarding biology help us understand the natural world and our place in it.

Inquiring into anthropology helps us learn from others who are different from us. Queries concerning philosophy help us determine the meaning of life.

The more I learn, the more I realize how valuable my mother's lesson is: Knowing everything isn't the goal; being curious about everything is.

How to Be Curious…

Cultivate a habit of asking good questions.

Understand that we can experience miracles if we're inquisitive.

Realize that we know very little and there's discovery and adventure around every corner.

Inquire into new ideas, people, situations, places.

Open our minds to others' points of view.

Unleash our inner child, who is naturally inquisitive.

Suspend judging and evaluating—there's always time for that later.

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