Successful people never stop learning, so make time to let curiosity lead you. Our Featured Guest - Richard Carthon of Carthon Enterprises and Host of the Crypto Current Podcast - shares his perspective on when, why and how you should let curiosity lead you.
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Hey! What’s going on? I’m Steven Miller. Thanks for joining me for another Ignition Point – the show where we feature a reimagined motivational address or an exclusive Guest Keynote to help spark the momentum you need to empower another winning week. Just over a month ago, we posted the Trailer for Season 1, and your ongoing support has amazed me. I normally like to make a grand gesture when I show my gratitude, but considering we can only afford confetti at the moment, I’ve got a great show lined up. To celebrate the occasion, we’re featuring our first special guest of the season!
You may have noticed that focus has been a hot topic these last few episodes. But when you’re 100% Focused, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, you can get a lot done, but you end up on a collision course with burnout. Life is a balancing act, so how will you balance the scales? Well, our Guest and I think the best way to achieve that balance is by dedicating time to let curiosity lead you.
On today’s episode, I’m joined by my good friend, Richard Carthon of Carthon Enterprises. Having hustled all through college as a Dual-Sport D1 Athlete, his work ethic has transformed into an all-out effort for disrupting the status quo. Richard is an entrepreneur and a revenue enhancement specialist whose experience spans Startup Operations, App Development, Fundraising, and Fintech.
His podcast and newsletter – Crypto Current – gives listeners access to expert insights and current events in the fast-paced world of Fintech. Recently, Richard hosted New Orleans’ first ever Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Conference, sponsored by Crypto Current – and he’s even gone on to launch a brand-new cryptocurrency investment fund for pre-qualified investors called Crescent City Capital.
So, Let’s get after it! Here to share his perspective on balancing focus with curiosity, this is Richard Carthon.
THE WEEKLY MONOLOGUE – RICHARD CARTHON
Let Your Curiosity Lead You.
When is the last time you were genuinely curious about something? What was it about? What did you find for the answers? How did it change your life? Let yourself be curious and explore new things. It may bring you to exactly what you were always looking for. For the past few years I have let my curiosity lead me to new opportunities I would have never dreamed of – and I’m going to get to that, in a little bit – but for right now, I want to challenge you at this moment, at this second, to think about something that you are truly curious about. Go find out some more information on that one thing within the next week. It could stir something in you that could change your entire life.
Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative.
As a past Division I Dual-Sport athlete at Tulane University, I played both Football and Baseball. And time management was absolutely crucial in my life, because I did not have a lot of free time. This experience taught me the discipline to maximize my entire day to have the maximum productivity. However, it did not allow me to be very creative with my thinking. During college, I had a curiosity about building apps. This led to me creating my first startup where I was able to build, fundraise, and launch an app. This launched my entrepreneurial journey that set my entire life on a completely different path than I originally anticipated.
I always thought that I was going to be a lawyer – and I got into law school – but through creating this app, I knew that I had something that was stirring passion in me. I was willing to put that on hold or not even pursue it anymore just so I could have the opportunity to pursue my passion.
This ultimately launched my journey on a completely different path, which has genuinely made me the happiest I have ever been.
The way that I even got to the point where I was able to come up with this business idea, was that I was part of a business fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi, and I had one of the brothers come up at one of our meetings and say, “For all the entrepreneurial spirits out here, I want you to come up with a new idea, every day, for 30 days.”
So right now – right now in this moment – I want to challenge you, for the next 30 days, to come up with a new idea every single day. This will be challenging, and most of your ideas are going to be absolutely terrible. But by the end, I bet you’ll come up with one gem or even more worth exploring.
Challenge Yourself to Come Up with the Answers.
If there is one thing I have learned about the adult world, it’s that most people truly do not know what they are doing. They either have developed systems or processes to help them get to the answer as quickly and with as little friction as possible. We can find answers to any question we have right now in seconds. We just have to take the time to find the answers.
Knowledge is power. You just have to find the time to go and get that knowledge. All of us have the same amount of time – 168 Hours in a Week. How are you spending that time? Maybe that means you sleep a little less. Maybe that means you don’t watch as much TV, but all of us have 168 Hours in a week. I challenge you to just be more creative in how you spend some of that time.
For example, back when I was in college, one of my good friends challenged me to read more books because, he told me, “What do all billionaires have in common? Billionaires read on average 2 hours, every single day.” That means they’re reading more than anyone else. They’re more knowledgeable. They’re constantly searching for more and more knowledge that will help their business decisions.
So, what I started to do, was as I began to work out, I began to listen to podcasts and to books, so that as I was working my mind, I was also working myself physically. I was getting the best of both worlds. Especially when it came to my different curiosities.
If there’s something that I want to learn now, I listen to a book. Or I listen to a podcast. In the same way that you can go and google search for any question in the world that you may have, we have the resources now to where you can either listen to it on a podcast, go read a blog about it, or you can go watch a YouTube video that will purely answer any question that you have.
Knowledge is power, so take some of your power back and some of your time back by spending some of that time exploring your curiosity. I want to challenge you, right now, to go find an answer to something that you don’t have the answer to.
For example, what is wind? If you had to explain what actually is wind to a child, how would you explain it? Whether it’s a question like that, or whether it’s something in your own life right now. You have your own question that instantly came to your head in these few seconds that you want to know the answer to, I challenge you right now – go spend some time – go find that answer.
Last, but not least, if someone asks you a question from a place of genuine curiosity, be patient with them and answer them to the best of your ability. It is very easy to get frustrated or try to quickly answer something so that you just don’t even have to entertain the conversation. Even if it’s something that you don’t want to talk about. Instead, answer that curiosity with patience and with genuine interest. Answer their curiosity. It could make a huge difference in that person’s life.
How many times have you been genuinely curious about something, got an answer, and then that kind of changed the whole progression of how you viewed that particular thing for the rest of your life? Or it helped shape who you are today just because someone took the time to explain it to you.
Remember, what you say and how you say it matters. So, lead your life through curiosity and be a little more curious this upcoming week and just see where it will take you. Because ultimately, it could bring you to exactly where you were meant to be.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
Richard always has a hot take, and this is no exception.
Before I lay out the three ways you can elevate your week, take a second to acknowledge that you can’t let your curiosity get the best of you. Don’t get me wrong, curiosity and creativity are two of the greatest strengths a person can have, but if you overuse a strength, it becomes a weakness. When someone overuses curiosity or creativity, they’re often criticized for having a short attention span or being uncommitted to their work.
You should absolutely apply Richard’s recommendations, but you need to keep your curiosity under control. You need to maintain that discipline to carry out your task at hand – otherwise, you’ll fail to progress to a point where you can apply your creative drive. This is what differentiates creators like Frank Lloyd Wright, Jen Rubio, and the Collison Brothers from the everyday, run-of-the-mill researcher. So, concentrate on your top priorities. Then fire up your curiosity and crank your creative drive up to 11.
Now that we’re on the same page, let’s review Richard’s advice and determine what you can do this week to let curiosity lead you.
First, let’s take the next seven days to kickstart your 30-Day Idea Challenge. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got when I first took this challenge was to clear out the bottom drawer of my desk and commit that space to my ideas. This way I could keep my attention dedicated to my priorities and call on the ideas I came up with when the moment was right. All you have to do is set out some dedicated time each day to identify a problem and dream up a solution. Open your mind and apply your imagination to fix some worldly issues, organizational inefficiencies, and even personal inconveniences. So, break out a sketch pad and put your thoughts on paper. By this time next week, get 7 ideas into the bottom drawer of your desk.
Next up, go on the hunt for knowledge and learn something new. What are you going to investigate? If you’re looking for a little direction, I’d recommend targeting your initial question toward something specific or niche. Let’s look at Richard’s background in Fintech as an example. If you’re curious about what he’s doing, you can start by learning the fundamentals of cryptocurrency on Richard’s Crypto Current Podcast, but then take a ride down the rabbit hole. Go find one cryptocurrency that piques your interest, watch a video about it, check out the development roadmap on its website, and figure out where you could invest in it. When you commit to learning more often, you start to “know enough to be dangerous” on a handful of topics. If you find yourself really into a subject, it might even lead you down the path to becoming a subject matter expert or a specialist. So, go do your research!
Lastly, if someone comes to you for your educated perspective this week, practice patience and show a willingness to teach. Of all the people they could have asked, they consciously chose to ask you. It might be because you’re approachable. Maybe you’ve got experience they lack. Or you could be the teammate they trust most. Show them the same respect they show you in asking for your perspective. Give a little thought to a time when you’ve been in their shoes. When you’ve asked genuine questions in the past, you might have prefaced the question saying, “I have a stupid question,” but have you ever considered that the questions only feel stupid because you don’t have the answer already? You’re embarrassed you don’t know, yet the fact that you’re asking is worthy of praise. This week seize the opportunity to teach and thank that person for asking the question. If you validate their curiosity and provide a thoughtful answer, the outcomes become limitless.
As Richard said, there are 168 Hours in a week. How are you spending that time? This week, come up with 7 Solutions worthy of your Idea Drawer, go down the research rabbit hole to find some answers, and practice patience when someone comes to you looking for insight.
Don’t ever forget that Knowledge is Power. Successful people never stop learning, so use your time wisely. One of my favorite teachers, Scot Bemis used to say, “trying doesn’t get it done, doing does.” So, make time to let your curiosity lead you and go get that knowledge.
I’d like to thank our Special Guest, Richard Carthon for coming on the show this week. If you’re interested in finding out how you can work with Richard, visit RichardCarthon.com and check out his podcast – Crypto Current – by visiting Crypto-Current.co. Links to all of his sites and social media can be found in this Episode’s Show Notes found on DecisiveLeap.com/IgnitionPoint.
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