Trial attorneys have to indulge their curiosity long before we reach the courtroom. We have to start during the discovery process, asking every possible question we can think of and chasing down every possible lead. Because the answers and the leads are the key to a win or a loss. Once at trial, we can’t take the chance of asking a bunch of questions we don’t already know the answer to in front of the jury. So we have to ask those questions ahead of time, indulging our curiosity as much as we can.

Indulging your curiosity will also lead to more wins for you. The research on curiosity is clear. It is the key to learning, and one of the strongest markers of academic success. It also can be used to improve your personal relationships. In my workshops I often remind participants that curiosity may have killed the cat, but curiosity also creates connections, and connections make us better.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE–TRY TO INDULGE YOUR CURIOSITY. Ask why. Ask it of yourself, and ask it of others. Look around you, instead of at your phone, and then ask questions about what you see. Listen, and ask questions about what you hear. The more you indulge your curiosity, the more you’ll learn today and every day. And SHARE! Remember, if you comment you get a little something from me at the end, and if you share the most (on social media, or in emails where you copy me) you get a bigger something! So share away.

6 thoughts on “TRIAL DAY 21-INDULGE YOUR CURIOSITY

  1. I finished reading Uncensored, by Jeremy Woods. His curiosity led to many uncomfortable conversations and it reminded me of my childhood when I would challenge adults on how they perceived politicians, people in the news, etc. I was usually met with judgement and told my questions were silly. At some point in my educational journey I stopped asking the challenging questions because it was always met by resistance but I never stopped being curious. In fact human behaviour has been my lifelong passion and has led my career. I constantly question perceived solutions to problems because, generally speaking, there is a better solution yet to be uncovered. Books and individuals,like Jeremy, are helping others feel more secure in asking questions and consider a different paradigm. It is a positive change for our humanity.

  2. Wednesday evenings I get out of my comfort zone and get curious. Working with the Middle School kids is not my favorite thing to do. I would much prefer siting at home reading a book quietly. Instead, as they come into the parish hall, many head to a chair and stare at their phone. And those are the kids I go talk too. I ask about their week. If I have spoken to them this school year I try to remember their activities (band, choir, sports). It would be so much easier to stand in the kitchen with another adult, but that wouldn’t get the kids interacting with anyone.

    And before the night is over, I typically learn something from one of them.

  3. OK, this is my favorite over-the-top weird curiosity. I used to work at the University of Chicago. We once had a lecturer. The lecturer made a particular statement having to do with his topic. Later in his speech he said something that seemed to totally feed off his earlier comment, which made what he said, hilarious.

    However, I could see that his new comment didn’t feed off his past comment at all. I was certain that his new comment came from a dead start.

    Silly but curious, I did some research. I evoked comments. It was obvious that everyone thought that the speaker was a clever genius due to how he played off of his previous statement.
    Then, in a subtle way I asked the speaker. He hadn’t a clue of what he’d previously said. He said that had made a brand new joke.

    I think it’s true for everyone that some things, quirky as they may be are so compelling that curiosity is the only choice. We just have to take care to not be annoying by asking too much.

  4. OK, this is my favorite over-the-top weird curiosity. I used to work at the University of Chicago. We once had a lecturer. The lecturer made a particular statement having to do with his topic. Later in his speech he said something that seemed to totally feed off his earlier comment, which made what he said, hilarious.

    However, I could see that his new comment didn’t feed off his past comment at all. I was certain that his new comment came from a dead start.

    Silly but curious, I did some research. I evoked comments. It was obvious that everyone thought that the speaker was a clever genius due to how he played off of his previous statement.
    Then, in a subtle way I asked the speaker. He hadn’t a clue of what he’d previously said. He said that had made a brand new joke.

    I think it’s true for everyone that some things, quirky as they may be are so compelling that curiosity is the only choice. We just have to take care to not be annoying by asking too much.

  5. OK, I have to tell you my favorite over-the-top weird curiosity. I used to work at the University of Chicago. We once had a lecturer. The lecturer made a particular statement having to do with his topic. Later in his speech he said something that seemed to totally feed off his earlier comment, which made what he said, hilarious.

    However, I could see that his new comment didn’t feed off his past comment at all. I was certain that his new comment came from a dead start.

    Silly but curious, I did some research. I evoked comments. It was obvious that everyone thought that the speaker was a clever genius due to how he played off of his previous statement.
    Then, in a subtle way I asked the speaker. He hadn’t a clue of what he’d previously said. He said that had made a brand new joke.

    A more recent example was with the plumber today. I would hear a gasp or a statement of disbelief and go in the bathroom to see what he discovered. As I dug down, I learned the original installers used galvanized steel connectors. When galvanized steel comes in contact with copper (pipes), they rust and corrode badly. The corrosion is what plugged our showerhead caused it to quit working.

    Second, we have a longstanding issue with hot water in our bathroom. Is it the building or us, goes the forever argument. We paid the plumber $500 to find our it’s not us. We have a temperature-set shower (no hot and cold faucets). It has check valves that regulate hot and cold. That could be the cause of our problem. I heard the voice and went in to see. In his hand, the plumber held the check valve. He said it is working fine. I asked, “How do you know?” He said. “I sucked it and the air flowed up. I blew into it and the air was blocked. That means it’s fine.” Ha!! Two learnings!

    I think it’s true for everyone that some things, quirky as they may be are so compelling that curiosity is the only choice. We just have to take care to not be annoying by asking too much.

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