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The Anatomy of Discovery
Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination - Gary Hamel
The root of the word discovery comes from the Latin word "disco," which means "to uncover" or "to find out." The word "discovery" itself comes from the Old French word "descovrir," which means "to uncover, reveal, or disclose."
Discovery is fundamental to human nature, driving us to explore and uncover the unknown. It has played a crucial role in shaping the world, from the discovery of fire to the discovery of antibiotics. Discovery is not just about finding something new but also about rediscovering something lost or forgotten and collaborating with others to create something new and exciting.
Philosopher Francis Bacon once said, "Knowledge is power. Through the process of discovery, we discover ourselves.”
And physicist Albert Einstein once said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." This curiosity has led to numerous discoveries throughout history, from the discovery of fire and the wheel to the discovery of electricity and the internet.
But discovery is not limited to the realm of science and technology. It also plays a crucial role in the arts, as artists seek to discover new ways of expressing themselves and new forms of beauty. Pablo Picasso once said, "I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it."
This willingness to explore the unknown and push the boundaries of creativity has led to some of the most iconic works of art in history, from Michelangelo's David to Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.
But the most critical concept within discovery is the idea of self-discovery.
We only move forward to the degree we learn and grow from our mistakes while discovering things about ourselves, others and the way of the world.
Self-discovery is crucial for personal growth and development. It requires confronting our fears, insecurities, and past experiences. Learning and growing experientially can lead to greater happiness, fulfillment, and inner peace.
American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies in us.”
Discovering new things about people gave me a greater understanding of life and a more empathetic view, which helped build good relationships. In addition, it helped improve my confidence in communication, earning trust and community support.
Discovery of the world around me taught me the value of values. Unfortunately, discovering my values only started to mature after I began the business, and I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.
"One can acquire everything in solitude except character." ~ Alexandra David-Neel
And one of my favourite non-fiction authors is James Clear, an expert on habits and productivity. And one of his famous quotes about personal growth and development is:
"Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results."
This quote emphasizes the importance of developing effective systems and habits to help us achieve our goals. By focusing on the processes and strategies that lead to success, we can continue to discover ways to learn and grow throughout our lives.
In hindsight, I wish I had journaled more than I did; as it is now, I have to mine my memory versus my pages.
"The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself, you will always be someone else. Become yourself." - Myles Munroe
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