This past year, I worked with a client who used the “Reiss Profile” which is an assessment. One of the markers is curiosity. Those who have a high degree of curiosity are also the people who have a real thirst for knowledge and learning just about everything. These folks love to read, and they read constantly. They can often be asking “Why” to just about anything.
Do you remember that statistic I quoted before that 42% of college graduates never pick up a book again after graduation? Those are not “curious” people. What they will find is they will quickly be comfortable in their own rut and never move. Yes, life is made up of our daily routine, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring either.
So, how does a person cultivate curiosity? Here are some basic steps:
- Believe you can be curious.
- Have a beginner’s mindset
- Make “WHY” your favorite word.
- Spend time with other curious people.
- Learn something new every day.
- Partake in the fruit of failure.
- Stop looking for the right answer.
- Stop trying to be right all the time.
- Get over yourself.
- Get out of your box.
- Enjoy your life and stop waiting for it to begin.
A wise person once said this: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” You know most of us do not tackle the big obstacles in life for one reason….we are afraid of looking foolish is the eyes of others. We all must and will take risks in our lives. This is just part of life. None of us is stagnant.
Today in an age of constant non-stop distraction it is more important than ever to be curious. Curiosity is something you need to find alone.
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