Wonder, an undervalued yet critical trait necessary for professional and personal development. The fact that I can see the words I am typing is nothing short of a miracle. One of my favorite podcasts to listen to on my morning commute is The Gary Vee Audio Experience by entrepreneur and influencer Gary Vaynerchuk. In a recent episode he said something that really made me contemplate my existence. It was something to the effect of, “if you’re here you won the cosmic lotto. The fact that you can even exist and are a human, you weren’t brought into this world as a mushroom or weird fish, is amazing”. All kidding aside I think there’s a lot of truth to that statement. It’s depressing to consider how many minutes, hours, days, weeks and years people waste on trying to please everyone other than themselves. The only opinion that should matter to you is your own. The fact that we’re here, living in the present and we don’t have a clue of what happens when we’re not, should be enough to kick us in the face everyday to go out and live our lives on our own terms. Enough wonder and you will never get bored. The great thing about wonder is that we know we can experience it. Wonder is what drives innovation. It was wonder that ultimately put a person on the moon. Wonder is what is, and always has, driven our advances in technology. This powerful emotion can help us in our careers. Next time you find yourself slipping into complacency, spend a little time marveling at the opportunities that exist all around you. A colleague might need help with a complex project. There might be a new process that has gone overlooked. As we grow older we tend to lose our wonder for the world. Parents and authority figures tell us to grow up and be more mature. Eventually we make little time to play or explore. Each day make it a personal mission to ask yourself questions. It can be about anything. The key is to begin to train yourself to wonder again. Allow yourself to be in awe of the amazing processes that surround us or even take place within our own bodies. Contemplate your place in the universe. Make a commitment to learning more about the world and your fellow inhabitants. Over time you will amaze yourself at how much more you will know and how connected you will feel to your environment.