The Power of Curiosity and Mentorship

For readers of all ages, think back to when you were a small kid and the overflowing amounts of curiosity that soaked through your being. Before societal pressures, self-limiting beliefs, traumatic experiences, failures, and all other events that have taken away some of that curiosity due to the fear of feeling those not so desirable feelings. 

NOT to say we didn’t learn from these feelings and have therefore bounced back even stronger, but speaking in instinctual terms, our brains do a good job of convincing us stay safe and comfortable.  We all have had them, so sit there for a second and reminisce. 

What was/is your biggest, most wildest dream? Has that dream changed? Why?! 

You may remember your interests as a child being very diverse. Maybe, one minute you wanted to be a dolphin trainer and the next you wanted to be an Olympian. Whatever it was, there was NO reason, at that moment, why you couldn’t be. 

In this personal TED talk  presentation, Bogdan Gogu centers his speech around the deeply rooted connection between our childhood dreams, keeping curiosity alive and having a mentor. He demonstrates that we are much more likely to find our passions and live full lives if we consistently question status quo, let go of self-limitations and ask others to guide us.

“The first time that children really come face to face with who they have become, is around high school. Researchers found that by this time, the teenager loses about half of the brain synapses (a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron or to the target effector cell) in those high school years.This is due to hormonal changes that completely reshape our minds and our bodies and those years are also very stressful. You have to do well in school to choose a university, to manage your emotions, your social life. It can be overwhelming and it often is because teenagers do not yet have the mental tools to deal with those issues. That’s why half of all students say they feel very stressed.

“The best service we can do for ourselves when we are young, is to dream as big as possible, pursue those dreams as we become adults and ask for help when it is not clear on how to achieve them.”

Parents, to be very clear, mentors will never take the place or the role that you have as a parent. It is only natural to want to be able to teach, provide, and guide in all ways possible. The reality is, mentors can provide an insight, an outside role, and offer resources and experiences that are conducive to the path your child wants to take in life.

There is not one top athlete out there who doesn’t have a mentor behind them offering guidance and support.

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rocheleau