When I was a kid, I thought a lot about what made me different
from the other kids. I don’t think I was smarter than them and I
certainly wasn’t more talented. And I definitely can’t claim I was
a harder worker — I’ve never worked particularly hard, I’ve
always just tried doing things I find fun. Instead, what I
concluded was that I was more curious — but not because I had
been born that way. If you watch little kids, they are intensely
curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things
work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out.
Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you
that you have to read these particular books and answer these
particular questions. And if you try to do something else instead,
you’ll get in trouble. Very few people’s curiosity can survive
that. But, due to some accident, mine did. I kept being curious
and just followed my curiosity.