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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

The Curiosity Web a.k.a. Why Spiders Are Cool

Are you afraid of spiders?

If you are, why?

Is it the legs? Sure they have a few more than us, but you know what else has 8 legs? Ticks. And ticks suck. So does Lyme disease. But spiders eat ticks. Maybe not enough to exterminate them all but still.

Spiders are helpers. They get the mosquitos and flies too. Both of those insects suck. Now I'm being yelled at by entomologists and arachnologists that theoretically only ticks and mosquitos suck while the flies bite. Oops, sorry, and bite me.

But my point is that spiders are cool even if they're not sexy enough for most of us. I get it. They look scary. But they're cool. Especially the ones you don't have to touch.

Alright, I admit it. I am softening you up for the visual you're about to see. I got this idea to show you the "Curiosity Path" only the path turned out to be a web. But don't blame me. Blame life and the human condition because Curiosity forms a Web of Awesome and spiders make webs. One thing led to another and...

So check out the astonishing spiders and the curiosity web they've weaved below. It'll help you understand why curiosity is so important.

 The Curiosity Web: The Advantages of Being Curious.

Curiosity, especially the kind that has you digging deep into a topic, and the ensuing discovery lead to learning more, which leads to deeper knowledge, which leads to better expertise. When we stay curious and dig deeper our life experiences are more meaningful, we become more insightful and aware, which leads to better understanding and interactions with others and the world, which leads to better relationships.

Curiosity is how creativity is built. As you explore and learn you generate more and better ideas, which leads to better problem solving and more informed decisions. All of the above leads to success in school, work, and life. 

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. It made it awesome. Don't believe me? Check out my previous post and graphic: How to Reawaken Curiosity (or Remain Curious Forever) here

And what if you printed this graphic and put it somewhere your kids will find it? Will the spiders catch their eye? Will they be curious? Will they be able to get past the scary spiders and read what each one carries? Will it then be possible to talk about curiosity with your kids?

There's only one way to find out.

You have the power to change lives. Use it often so they can change the world.


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