I didn’t know the term baccalaureate was derived from the bay leave. I did not know that jeans made it over to America with Columbus. I didn’t know Peter and Paul were martyred on the same day in June, 67 AD. I didn’t have any idea that way back in the day, 80,000 Romans would proceed through the 80 gates of The Colosseum in less than five minutes. I didn’t know Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel standing upright, not lying down. I learned so much over these past two days from a 32 year old named Antonio Sorentino. He is part neuroscientist and part architect. He’s currently studying how the brain is changed by architecture. I know my friend, Brett, would have loved to hear all of Antonio’s stories about the affect good design has on the brain. So cool to walk Roma with someone so curious.

In fact for the past two days we’ve spent 8 hours with Antonio learning all about Ancient Rome. He was quite the informative teacher. I asked him, toward the end of our tour, how much of his learning came from University vs from his curiosity. You already know the answer, don’t you? He told me, of course incredulously, that 90% of his education has been satisfying his own curiosity. The university only teaches us how to learn, if that. So, friend, if you want to build mastery in your domain, don’t forget to follow up whatever professional development you’ve had with your own sense of curiosity. Ask yourself what you want to know more about and get busy getting after it. Find your Antonio and ask away. At the end of our tour, we hugged and thanked each other for our passion to learn.

Thank you, Antonio, for your insatiable curiosity toward mastering your craft. I will never look at a laureate the same…

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