Gina Pell Explains the Perennial Mindset, Finding Our Curiosities

1.     Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.
2.     A perennial plant.

First off, Gina Pell of theWhat, knows you’re not a plant, so we can cross that off our definition bracket. But what is the perennial mindset and how do you activate perenniality? According to Gina, it all starts with asking yourself: “What are you curious about?”

“When you ask yourself what you’re curious about, it’s energizing,” she said. “Share your curiosities with other people and you’ll open up a lot of possibilities to grow.”

And it’s not only about opening yourself up to growth. As someone who has started several companies, Gina knows that being a perennial doesn’t mean that you’re always blooming or thriving – everybody should and will have moments where they think, “what the heck am I doing?”

“I found myself in between companies and my friend called in the middle of the day,” said Gina. “I was in a tennis skirt from the day before, doing a jigsaw puzzle and drinking chardonnay at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

It was the moment that pushed Gina to make a change, and with that she began learning how to code, a skill she’d been curious about for a long time.

“Perennialism is all about knowing that you’ll be back,” she said. “So this is what I offer: Activate your curiosity and make it a productive curiosity.”

Doing so will connect you with your own perenniality.


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