Eva Karpman: Rebooting Your Childhood Curiosity


Takeaways from this episode:

  • How to regain the magical curiosity that most adults have lost.
  • Tapping into your curiosity to drive your work and career to new heights.
  • There is always more to be curious about, more to learn, more to do.
  • How to have more fun in your life, just by being more curious.

For The Curious,

I’m often asked if there was a moment that I knew I was going to interview people for a living. I can trace my answer back to the day and even the hour.

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I can place it in a second-grade classroom, when I found out that President Kennedy had been shot. The evening of the assassination, I wrote a letter to Lyndon B. Johnson, to ask him how he felt upon becoming president. Almost six months later, I got a reply from The White House and immediately understood that a good question could take you to the most powerful places on earth.

Questions have guided my life ever since. I’ve constantly placed myself in positions to ask new ones. And I believe this is one of the reasons I’ve been able to hold onto my childhood curiosity for decades.

Childhood curiosity is a great gift. Ever since I started speaking a couple of years ago, I’ve looked for ways to pass it on to others. My podcast this week is one of those ways.

It’s a conversation with an eight-year-old girl who has a podcast of her own. Her name is Eva Karpman, and her Dream Big podcast has reached more than 2 million people. She’s interviewed General Stanley McChrystal, best-selling author Simon Sinek, a billionaire and a lot of intriguing people.

There are quite a few takeaways about overcoming shyness, how you can use success to create more success, how reading Harry Potter can be a great source of life lessons, and even how to feel better in the morning. But it was the way she linked curiosity to fun that really opened my eyes.

There can be great value in listening to a child. Hope you enjoy it.



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