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The old saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’ seems to imply that the natural, curious nature of cats can get them into dangerous situations. My Golden Retriever, Mozart, is lying next to me as I write this, exhausted from another early morning walk across the Yorkshire fields. He sniffs every blade of grass, picks up sticks and turns within an hour from a clean, dry dog into a wet, muddy, slightly miscoloured content being due to his constant curiosity.  

I believe one of the most valuable skills you can develop as you progress through life, is curiosity. Those with an open, curious mind, choose to form your own opinions. If you only ‘follow directions’ you will never get in front.  Some people in athletics wanted to ban Dick Fosbury and his unique “back-first” technique which completely revolutionised the high jump  inventing what is now known as the Fosbury Flop in the 1960s adopted by almost all high jumpers today.

Too many people in community sport follow instructions and seldom question anything. They would rather someone else tell them what to think. That way, if it goes wrong, they have someone to blame. It’s easy. Sheep like things to be easy. They make great fans and poor leaders.

It takes more confidence to approach the world, with an open, curious mind; however, the pay-off is worth it. You get to see life through your own, unique lens. You get to form your own opinions, based on information that has been tested, rather than ‘just accepted’. You get to decide where the value is.