#1 New York Times bestselling author and Oscar–winning producer Brian Grazer has written a brilliantly entertaining and eye-opening exploration of curiosity and the life-changing effects it can have on every person’s life.
From Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer, New York Times bestseller A Curious Mind offers a brilliant peek into the “curiosity conversations” that inspired him to create some of the world’s most iconic movies and television shows. He shows how curiosity has been the “secret” that fueled his rise as one of Hollywood’s leading producers and creative visionaries, and how all of us can channel its power to lead bigger and more rewarding lives.
Grazer has spent most of his life exploring curiosity through what he terms “curiosity conversations” with some of the most interesting people in the world, including spies, royals, scientists, politicians, moguls, Nobel laureates, artists…anyone whose story might broaden his worldview. These discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of his movies and TV shows, including Splash, 24, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Arrested Development, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, Empire, and many others.
A Curious Mind is not only a fascinating page-turner—it also offers a blueprint for how we can awaken our own curiosity and use it as a superpower in our lives. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your management style at work, uncover a new source of creativity, or become a better romantic partner, this book—and its lessons on the power of curiosity—can change your life.
In this lively, though somewhat misconceived work, film and TV producer Grazer, of Imagine Entertainment (24, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) credits curiosity for driving his life and career. "More than intelligence or persistence or connections, curiosity has allowed me to live the life I wanted," he claims. Discussing his decades in Hollywood, he portrays himself as a man of ambition, luck, and chutzpah, getting by on determination and opportune moments, taking advantage of open windows and chance meetings. Indeed, one of his defining milestones meeting his longtime business partner, director Ron Howard comes from such a bold move. As Grazer further explores how curiosity has shaped his life, he sprinkles in numerous anecdotes about the hundreds of people whom he's sought out for one-on-one sessions he terms "curiosity conversations." They include Jonas Salk, Eminem, Condoleezza Rice, and Isaac Asimov. But as he states, "I didn't want to write a book about all the people I'd had conversations with I wanted to write about the impulse to have those conversations." Readers, having had their own curiosity prompted, may be frustrated that Grazer leaves relatively little space for describing his many encounters with fascinating people, in favor of emphasizing his personal musings.