Back in the dark ages when everything was trying to eat you, there was probably some merit to the phrase “Curiousity killed the cat”, but it’s the 21st century now. Times have changed, and these days if curiousity kills the cat then the cat’s next of kin sue curiousity, to avoid setting a legal precedence curiousity settles out of court for a tidy sum, but that still opens the doors to a slew of copy cats (yes, I’m milking this one [Oh Noes, I did it again!]).

In the 21st Century, the curious cat gets the cream.

Curious cat gets the cream

Curious cat gets the cream

These days it really pays to be curious. The people who get ahead are the guys who wonder what happens if… or I wonder if this is possible… or I wonder what I can do with this new technology… or wouldn’t it be cool if we tried merging this thing with that thing… They’re the people who find something that they love, and are inspired by. They specialize in something, get on the internet and learn all about it and just go for it, and not because they want any other reward that the reward of going through the process, learning about a thing and mastering something that they’re enthusiastic about. The rise of the internet provides access to all of the resources a curious cat needs to fuel their curiosity.

Some curious cats

Here are some curious cats. They started from an early age, and invested their time in what they were passionate about. They also happen to have made a bob or two along the way, and they all rejected mainstream education in one way or another in favour of following their heart.

There are whole host of resources I could recommend to support this post, but I’ll recommend just two. If you only have a little time, and no money read Bill Gates’s notes on education. If you have a little more time and a little money buy The Element, Sir Ken Robinson’s book on the benefits of following your heart.