Why Curiosity Inspires Us To Start, Quit, And Start Again


We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney | darabelliott.com

Today is the end of Brevity, and the beginning of something new.

But, before I let you know what I’ll be up to next, I want to share how I got here.

Curiosity has been the key driving force behind my journey so far. 

Before I started Brevity, I read inspiring founder stories, and each story would make me increasingly more curious about the entrepreneurial path.

I was curious about what exactly went into taking a business from idea to launch, and I wanted to experience it first-hand.

So when I got the idea for the Do Anything Jacket, curiosity propelled me to take the leap, despite how terrified I was.

However, after the initial leap, I continued to encounter fear again, and again. Oftentimes, the fear would show up as self-doubt, then turn into perfectionism, and ultimately result in procrastination.

Curious about why, I delved deep into research about mindset and habits, and embarked on an unexpected personal growth journey.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. - Zora Neale Hurston | darabelliott.com

Along the way, I learned reconnected with my strengths and am returning to my roots as a publicist and brand strategist with renewed vigor and a fresh perspective.

While curiosity has taken me on a windy path, it's given me the opportunity to broaden my experiences and meet incredible people.

Thank you for being part of the Brevity chapter, and embarking on whatever this next chapter unfolds with me. 

In the meantime, I've shared a few links below to spark your curiosity.

Dara Elliott SignatureDara Elliott, Writer. Research. Strategist. Curiosity Curator.

Why Ask “Why?”

In this highly engaging, and inspiring Ted Talk, Michael Stevens shares how curiously asking ‘why?’ led him to launch Vsauce, which now has 13 million subscribers.

Spark Your Next Brilliant Idea

Bernadette Jiwa shares how intuitive curiosity sparked the invention of Spanx, Instagram, and Lululemon. She also dives into actionable ways for us to harness our own curiosity.

The Upside of Quitting

On this thought-provoking episode of Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner inspires us to get curious about quitting, he shows us how sometimes, it can be our best possible plan.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein | darabelliott.com