Eleanor Roosevelt on Exploring Your Curiosity

When asked about her approach to life, Eleanor Roosevelt said the following:

“What basic objective I had, was to grasp every opportunity to live and experience life as deeply, as fully, and as widely as I possibly could. It seems stupid to have the gift of life and not use it to the upmost of ones ability. I was always deeply interested in every manifestation of life, good or bad. I never let slip an opportunity to increase my knowledge of people and conditions.”

I love Eleanor’s response! She was immensely curious, and profoundly interested in people.

Here are some highlights from listening to her autobiography:

  • If you are interested in something, things come to you; they gravitate toward you without lifting a hand.
  • As you gain in knowledge and experiences, new opportunities open up before you.
  • The capacity for understanding grows with the effort to understand.
  • A more peaceful world comes from traveling abroad and building relationships with people of other cultures.

What are you doing today to explore your curiosity?

Book Synopsis: The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
I listened to this long account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, the Depression to World War II, and the Cold War. Her early life was less interesting to me, but I was fascinated by hearing her account of how she found her voice and interests. Did you know that after her years as First Lady, she worked as a UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, Democratic Party activist, and diplomat, and was a world traveler?

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