Passion and Curiosity

The new requirements for competing in a flat world: (PQ passion quotient)

Curiosity plus Passion is greater than Intelligence: CQ + PQ > IQ

Give me a kid with a passion to learn and curiosity to discover, and I’ll take him or her over a less passionate kid with a high IQ every day of the week. Curiosity matters the most, nobody works harder at learning than a curious kid (self educator, self motivator)

Is it possible to generate your own high PQ—a high passion quotient for a subject—without a teacher or parent stimulating you? Of course. Just think back to when you were a kid and you got your first fire truck or doll or doctor’s kit or astronaut’s helmet, and you told everyone you wanted to be a fireman or a fashion model or a doctor or an astronaut when you grew up. That innocent passion for a certain job, without knowing the salary or the working hours or the preparation required, is what you need to get back in touch with. It’s that childlike feeling of “I want to do that because I want to do that—and I don’t have to explain why” that we all need to rediscover. ‘To put it simply: You need to rediscover your inner fire truck. We all have one, and when you find it, you’ll know it.

Plays well with others – The new middle jobs will involve personalized, high-touch interactions with other human beings — because it is precisely those personalized high-touch interactions that can never be outsourced or automated and are almost always necessary at some point in the value chain.

The right-brain stuff – Until recently, the abilities that led to success in school work, and business were characteristic of the [brain’s] left hemisphere. In a world upended by outsourcing, deluged with data, and choked with choices, the abilities that matter most are now closer in spirit to the specialties of the right hemisphere — artistry, empathy, seeing the big picture, and pursuing the transcendent. The left hemisphere handles sequence, literalness, and analysis. The right hemisphere, meanwhile, takes care of context, emotional expression, and synthesis.

To flourish in this age, we’ll need to supplement our well-developed high-tech abilities with aptitudes that are “high concept” and “high touch.” High concept involves the ability to create artistic and emotional beauty, to detect patterns and opportunities, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to come up with inventions the world didn’t know it was missing. High touch involves the capacity to empathize, to understand the subtleties of human interaction, to find joy in one’s self and to elicit it in others, and to stretch beyond the quotidian in pursuit of purpose and meaning. – the world is flat

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