Book Jeff

Learn Something New Every Day

As a follow up to my last blog, It’s Time You Learn, I want to write about the importance of learning something new every day. The inspiration for this idea came from our experience at the Kansas City Airport—an airport that is so awful that I refused to leave Kansas City without first knowing how and why it was designed the way it is.


It’s a long story. A story that starts with good intentions but ends with the law of unintended consequences. For me, the exciting discovery was learning that Trans World Airlines (TWA) played a big part in the airport’s design and that TWA’s headquarters in Kansas City was once home to a replica of the TWA Moonliner Rocket that was featured at Disneyland in 1955.


Who knew?!

I worked really hard to make the story come together so that you could appreciate the importance of curiosity and the value of challenging yourself to learning something new every day. But no matter how much I tried, I never could connect the Kansas City Airport, curiosity, and the TWA Moonliner into a cohesive story that made sense.

Even to me.

Instead, let’s go with what happened this morning. Just before my American Government class this morning, I overheard a boyfriend say to his girlfriend “Have a great class, honey. Make sure you learn something new today.”

That’s it!

Short. Sweet. And to the point.

Make Sure You Learn Something New Today!


Despite all our travels, Niki and I always joke that you can’t take me anywhere. The challenge isn’t that I am going to leave my cellphone in a taxi, fall down an escalator, or nearly choke to death on a BBQ sandwich. Granted, all of these things…and more…have happened.


The challenge is that I am going to come across something in our journey, like the Kansas City Airport, that needs further explanation and exploration. Traveling with me is like taking a trip with Alice in Wonderland…I will inevitably take you down the rabbit hole.


Just this once, I want to spare you a trip down the rabbit hole. Just this once, I want to keep today’s blog short, sweet, and to the point.

Curiosity was one of Walt Disney’s 4 Cs of success. You might not be able to take me anywhere, but you can take your curiosity everywhere.

“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

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