"Curiosity only does one thing, and that is to give. And what it gives you are clues on the incredible scavenger hunt of your life."
"If you can let go of passion and follow your curiosity, your curiosity just might lead you to your passion"
“The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance. Once humans realised how little they knew about the world, they suddenly had a very good reason to seek new knowledge, which opened up the scientific road to progress.”
—Yuval Noah Harari
6.1 What is Curiosity?
Curiosity is the thirst to continually question the people, ideas and the world around us. Curiosity opens our minds, enabling the opportunity of unrestricted learning, creativity and exponential personal growth.
6.2 The benefits of being curious
Curiosity is an openness to learning, which allows us to:
- Embrace everything as a learning opportunity. Keeping an open mind opens us to a wealth of learning opportunities, some of which may not seem obvious. It is by being relentlessly curious that we unlock a higher quality and depth of understanding.
- Enrich our perspectives. The people, the ideas and the places we experience are crucial to inspiring us to reach higher in our daily lives. Curiosity pushes us to step out of our comfort zone and challenge our current world views. Nothing is good or bad, everything is a lesson.
- Take greater ownership. Curious people are remarkably unafraid of taking ownership and having things going wrong. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to maximize our growth. There is no judgment or disappointment when things don’t go right because something has been learned.
- Strengthen team culture. Being curious makes us free of judgment both of ourselves and others. In a team, curiosity makes us listen, learn and understand.
6.3 Tips on being curious
- Make curiosity a default state. Whether it’s a small daily task or a more significant project, we should always ask ourselves what we can learn. Start every conversation without expectation and begin to focus on growing with each experience big or small.
- Become an eternal problem solver. Do what you think you can’t do. Being curious means to be free to try, experiment and sometimes fail. By failing we learn to try again more successfully and step out of our comfort zone.
- Learn from people. Google is a great resource, but it’s no substitute for human experience. By taking the time to speak to the people around us, we are learning from a luxurious pool of backgrounds, identities, and ideas. Curiosity has no greater resource than other people.
- Commit to asking questions. In a meeting or team setting, always have a question ready as your first reaction. Not only does this show others that we are listening proactively, but it begins the learning and iteration process. Dive in and ask why something is happening.