If experiencing the world firsthand is about wisdom, then being open to what that world tells you requires cultivating the un-wise mind of a child: open, curious, fun-loving.
Being open and curious takes practice.
Having an open mind requires one to suspend (or at least defer) judgment. This is an acquired skill.
Curiosity must be fed: when asked by a classmate of mine how we should best spend our time preparing ourselves for a life spent designing stuff, the great design guru Sara Little Turnbull said, "Great designers are great readers." In other words, you must feed your curiosity, because it grows stronger as it is fed, and the cognitive foundation set by that curiosity is what enables one to recognize patterns and make connections across disparate elements of complex systems.
Having fun (especially as you work) requires energy and time. But it’s worth it: fun shows ways forward other than the drab grey of the mundane, and it can shake us out of the path of an obvious solution.
Without the mind of a child, one can’t see or act deeply. We must see and hear with the mind of a child.
This is the second of 21 principles. Please give me your feedback and ideas.