"Delay is natural to a writer. He is like a surfer—he bides his time. Waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in. He waits for the surge (of emotion? of strength? of courage?) that will carry him along." (E.B. White, The Paris Review Interviews, 1969)
I've seen Richard Florida take a beating in the press, but for my money, he's the economist who best makes the case for maintaining inquiry as an attitude because it makes good business sense. His three Ts (tolerance, technology, and talent) all center around the difference between inquiring and acquiring.