The Courage of Curiosity – Insight from Clint Bruce, (SEAL Team 5)

snd-logoI heard Clint Bruce speak this morning at Success North Dallas (what a great organization and gathering, led by Bill Wallace). Mr. Bruce was witty, passionate, “real,” and genuinely insightful. Simple – not simplistic, but simple. And therefore, helpful.  He founded Carry the Load, which has truly helped many remember those we should remember on Memorial Day — “Restoring the True Meaning of Memorial Day.”

He spoke on the Five Elite Habits (He told us to aim for “elite,” but don’t be an “elitist.” Good distinction).  Here are the five habits (read a little more about his points at the Success North Dallas web site, here).

Five Elite Habits



Being Tribal

Knowing your “why”

Sharing your scars

They are all good, useful, helpful. But the one that especially grabbed me was:

It takes courage to be curious – it requires that you admit that there are things you do not know (and, you should know) — and you have to seek them out.

I thought of the mixture of humility and confidence that it takes to be curious. You have to be:

”humble” — “I don’t know this ____ that I should know/that it would be good to know.”
“confident” —  “I am confident that if I seek this out, I will learn something, and then be able to put it to use…”

Clint Bruce - co-founder of Carry the Load, and former Navy SEAL
Clint Bruce – co-founder of Carry the Load, and former Navy SEAL

I have known for years that the best writers discover much of the valuable content they write about out of their own curiosity (the list of such writers is long…). Clint Bruce helped me better grasp the why of this trait — why curiosity is in fact one of the habits of the genuinely elite.




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