Curiosity: How can bird’s feet stay on electrical wires?

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“How can bird’s feet stay on electrical wires and not be electrocuted?”

This was the question from my curious 7 year old daughter as we drove along.

Answer offered by me, the adult:

“Because their feet don’t conduct electricity. Electricity doesn’t pass through their feet because of what their feet are made of.”

Question from the older 15 old daughter:

” What are their feet made of?”

Well, I didn’t know.

It turns out that even my first answer was wrong.

Here is the simplest explanation I could find, from Rocky Mountain Power:

The bird is not grounded. It has not created a path of lesser resistance for electricity to follow. If the bird simultaneously touched two wires, the difference in resistance between the two wires would create a path through the bird and it would be electrocuted.

Well there you go! Apparently it works ok for small birds, but overhead electrical wires can be quite a danger for larger birds.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Kid’s don’t ask silly questions.

It’s not a silly question if you can’t answer it.

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Curiosity: What If?

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How do we raise kids today during these exponential times?

Should they learn a second language… in a world of instant translation?

Should they ever memorise any fact… in a world of ubiquitous Google, wikipedia, apps etc?

Will University even exist in 20 years’ time?

Which is more important? Learning to code or learning sports?

As a father of two young girls, these questions are on my mind.

I think despite which subject matter we teach, curiosity is extremely important.

Curiosity is something that is innate in kids and yet something that most people lose over time.

In a world of Google, robots and A.I., raising a kid that is constantly asking questions and running “what if” experiments can be extremely valuable.

This is mostly because running constant experiments is fundamentally necessary on the path to success.

As kids we used to ask a lot of questions, we were inquisitive, but as we grow up, the level of our curiosity decreases.

As adults, we equate asking lots of questions as not being smart enough, a slow-learner and sometimes just plain annoying to those not asking.

And then what do we do?

We keep quiet, we stop asking, we comply, we become like everyone, we go with the flow.

What we miss in all this is that, if we stop asking questions, we stop learning.

When we stop being curious, we stop growing.

The way I think about it, if you want to invent, if you want to do any innovation, anything new, you are going to have failures because you need to experiment.

I think the amount of useful invention you do is directly proportional to the number of experiments you can run per week per month per year.

I constantly ask my girls “what if” questions.

And if they ask, “What if…?” I encourage them.

Help paint the picture… And try to help them create an experiment to test that hypothetical situation.

What if humans could fly?

What if humans could go to the moon?

What if we could defeat apartheid?

What if humans could eliminate poverty complete?

What if you could write a blog?

What if you could touch the lives of humanity with your hidden art?

 

Curiosity: Are we curious enough?

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In my experience, curiosity is directly tied to the creative process.

You have to get out of the lines a little to get your mind off cruise control.

Many people who view themselves as uncreative just haven’t gotten out of their safe zones, and so life is well, the same.

If you want to get creative. Then do something different.

Here are some starters to get you moving in the right direction:

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Watch and listen. You will be surprised what you have been missing.
  3. Read some new blogs on a topics you have never explored before.
  4. Volunteer.
  5. Take up a new hobby.
  6. Explore a new category of music on iTunes.
  7. Read books outside of your domain
  8. Talk to people outside of your background.

LORA Entrepreneurship Series: Mr. Lebona Moleli – Saturday, 21 April 2018

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LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives to bring thought leaders, men and women who are pathfinders, entrepreneurs and change agents, men and women who have affected the very fibre of our thought processes, who influence our set of beliefs, and engage our mindsets in elements of value.

LORA has invite experienced entrepreneurs to share their stories with us.

On Saturday, 21 April 2018, we are hosting the legendary marketer Rre Lebona Moleli.

Rre Lebona Moleli founded both The Marketing Kraal and Lesaka Marketing Consulting in 2007. The Marketing Kraal is an Outdoor advertising and media company based in Johannesburg.

Lesaka Marketing is a Marketing Consulting Agency that focuses in the SMME market and provides consulting and mentoring services in the field of marketing strategy.

Lebona has more than 15 years experience in manufacturing, operations and marketing gained at SA Breweries , Coca-Cola,South African Airways and Uthingo Management.

Rre Lebona holds a Bsc in Chemistry from University of Lesotho, Msc from Clark Atlanta University and MBA from Wits University.

To answer all these questions, come join us and interact with Rre Moleli on his entrepreneurship journey.

Date: Saturday, 21 April 2018

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Charge: R100  

Space is very limited.

To RSVP and pay: roche@loracentre.com

[LORA Centre students and alumni get 100% discount]

Venue: Midrand [3 Tybalt Place, Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Vorna Valley, Midrand. [there is secured parking]

What it takes to be strong

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Sometimes we confuse strength with:

  • Loudness
  • Brusqueness
  • An inability to listen
  • An unwillingness to compromise small things to accomplish big ones
  • Fast talking
  • Bullying
  • Being ruthless
  • Callousness
  • Lying

Well, once you put it that way, it is pretty clear that none of these things are actually signs of strength.

Just because you are angry or loud does not mean you are right or more important.

In fact, they are symptoms of insecurity and of a willful disconnect from the things that matter.

Individuals, organizations, brands and leaders all have a chance to be strong.

behaviors or the wrong people.

Strength begins with unwavering resilience, not brittle aggression.

Like a tree, that stands there each day, come rain or shine, come wind or sunny weather, it stands there, quietly, constantly, confidently, day or night, bearing fruits, providing shades and growing from strength to strength.

 

Hope: and optimism

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Life is too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it is true.

You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre.

It is not just pointless, it is painful.

Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.

Yes, you live once…. but you live every day.