I hear lots of talk about how to be creative people need to think outside the box. Here's a thought: How about letting students in on this salient fact: All the knowledge they will ever need to know can be found in a box on a shelf somewhere. All they need is to be able to find their box and be curious enough to want to try and figure out how to open it up. Exactly what this looks like for any one specific subject matter area I have no idea. Here's one I am working on to illustrate.
A person starts a new job. One of the first things new hires need to do is to be oriented to their new organization. While they have the technical skills to do a particular job they need to learn about the organization's culture, benefits, and so on. So the person is exposed to a problem that lies within their ability to solve. When it's solved they get a key to unlock the box and are presented with something cool. Maybe an Easy Button?