Which is better, curiosity or passion for learning?  Both of them support it.  However, in many cases, choose one over the other for better success.

I love sharing about self-improvement on my blog. Personal growth is a key topic. I’ll be linking to some related posts below, in this article as well.

1. Interest comes naturally

Curiosity is more natural than passion. If you take an interest in pursuing a new skill, the former keeps you going. On the other hand, fervor may or may not exist at the start.

Genuine interest is at its best when you’re thirsty for knowledge.  Do you ever feel obliged or even compelled to find out about something?  If you’re keen on a new project, then gathering the facts to work on is easier.

When I started my blog, I had many new skills to develop. Self-improvement is my driving force.  I gain so much intrinsically and want to share the benefits with my readers.

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2. More stable

Curiosity is more stable than passion.  When you’re inquisitive to study something, you’ve got a stronger reason to do so.  On the other hand, being merely excited could fade away over time.

Many goals get abandoned and are never realized.  That’s why knowing your ‘why’ is key.  When your set goals align with your raison d’etre, you don’t waste time on the wrong things. 

I come back to blogging as an example.  Have you heard that the majority of new blogs don’t make it till their first anniversary?  It’s not easy and takes time to become profitable. If you have a meaningful reason to start a project, it’s easier to persevere.   

3. Longer-term concern

Being genuinely concerned, you feel a better connection with what you want to pursue.  Zeal can fluctuate, decrease, and die out when life gets in the way.  On the other hand, eagerness is more reliable.

If you have a hobby that you’re serious about, don’t you give it enough time? If you’re keen on crushing your fitness goals, don’t you have a strong motivation to practice regularly?  When you choose to achieve a target wholeheartedly, working on it for the long term is key. 

I’ve seen the benefits of yoga and meditation. Self-care is a priority. I’ve therefore pursued some techniques so that I can practice on my own.

4. More rational

When you’re genuinely keen on pursuing something, it could be tied to a concrete aim for success.  It has a practical side to it.  On the other hand, a temporary fervor could die out soon.

Being zealous is good.  However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll persevere till the end.  When you’ve decided to build on the skill, because it’s vital for success and you also enjoy it, it’s more meaningful.

I remember my teenage days when I was so excited about dancing.  I performed on stage and on national TV.  However, I now only watch music videos on YouTube.   

5. May turn into a passion

Curiosity can bring better results if you aim to grow your knowledge.  On the other hand, passion for the same thing may or may not continue to exist.  However, the former can lead to the latter.

Just think about it this way.  You’re inspired by your neighbor who has a lovely garden.  There are fresh flowers to embellish her yard. She also grows organic vegetables to cook healthily.  You take a calculated decision to grasp gardening and start your home garden.  

After 6 months, you know you have made the right decision.  Your concern for keeping your plants in good shape is stable.  You don’t neglect taking care of them and reap the fruits, gratefully!  

Let’s take a look at another example.  Someone else you know had started planting at the same time as you did.  However, they just lost interest and found it hard to maintain.  It wasn’t what they truly wanted to do, or enjoyed (although at first, the idea seemed attractive). 

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Here are some extracts from other posts on education

‘You may be a student, a professional with a career, or self-employed…  Whatever you choose to be in life, your self-improvement is likely to be a top priority for you.  In this blog post, I’ll direct you to some of my other articles that are relevant to personal development.  Do sit comfortably, grab some coffee or tea and make the most of your ‘me time’.’

12 self-improvement articles that will make your day

‘Lifelong learning is a wonderful way to keep growing personally.  It gives you many advantages, be it in your personal or professional life.  Read my blog post to see how ongoing learning enhances your life.’

10 ways lifelong learning enhances your prospects

‘Reading is a must…  I used to enjoy more fiction books as a kid.  E-books and blog posts are great for giving in-depth explanations on topics that I research.’

6 learning activities with examples for better success

Famous quotes

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

“Study’ was the cry that reverberated in the corridors of my mind. Study to enable yourself to face the arguments advanced by opposition. Study to arm yourself with arguments in favor of your cult. I began to study.” – Bhagat Singh

“My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.” – Eva Chen

I first listed the 5 benefits I promised at the start.  I then gave some extracts of my related content with links.  Thirdly, I shared some interesting quotes which I used in an older post.

Make the most of these self-help resources.  If you’d like to find out more, click on the links to visit.  I love receiving feedback from my readers as well.

Conclusion

If you have to choose one over the other, then do you agree that curiosity wins?  Passion is beneficial as well.  However, for better long-term results, the first option is crucial.  Would you like to comment on your experience?  Thanks!!

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