Polymathism

The benefits of staying curious.

I learned the word polymath the other day. Maybe I should have known the word but I didn't and now I think I do. In case I am not the last to know, one definition I found;

A polymath is an individual whose knowledge spans a significant number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. The term entered the lexicon in the 20th century and has now been applied to great thinkers living before and after the Renaissance.

The polymath concept as a form of external validation is a lot less interesting than the pursuit of trying to learn about various subjects and continuing to expand your knowledge base both in things already familiar and entirely new interests. This all falls under a term I've gotten fond of using lately, the importance of staying curious as a contributor to successful aging--promoting a longer healthspan, mentally.

Participating in the stock market is one of those things where you can always learn more. In yesterday's post I included a snippet on an ETF that tries to exploit yield curve dynamics. There are some other exchange traded products that incorporate the yield curve one way or another. This seems like one of countless, market related topics that are worth learning more about and might influence portfolio decisions even if you never buy an ETP that benefits from a steeper curve.

Totally unrelated, how many things around your home are you capable of fixing if/when issues are minor? There's a huge learning opportunity there. Likewise with potential new hobbies. The list is endless, the point is to just stay engaged and keep moving forward with curiosity.

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