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


Lead with curiosity, always.

Today marks the end of Brevity and the beginning of a new chapter. And once again, curiosity is leading the way.

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

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

While you could say curiosity has taken me on a windy path, I believe it's given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and meet incredible people like you.

Thank you for being part of the Brevity chapter, and hope you'll join me as this next chapter unfolds. 

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