What amuses me most about my two boys (aged 2 and 4) is how a small lizard can amuse them for hours! My oldest asking “where is his Mom and Dad? Look at his little nails!”
Or putting their heads in the washing machine, so they can see exactly where the water is coming from!
Or the magical admiration of mist hanging in the air on a misty morning, such honest innocent wonder. Being curious.
As children we naturally seek new experiences and new information, but as we grow up a lot of our curiosity gives way to experience and certainty.
Research show that curiosity is closely related to success.
As Albert Einstein said:
“I am neither clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein
Being curious can lead to new discoveries, innovation, and unlock new opportunities, it helps develop relationships in business and in life.
We all have relationships at work that are more difficult than others, with a lack of clear information, we can easily make negative assumptions. Curiosity can be a powerful tool to avoid us relying on our assumptions and building authentic relationships.
Being an expert in a certain field, one can easily fall into the trap of thinking expertise is a rigid state – it’s not! If you don’t constantly stay on top of the changes and progress in whatever field you are in, your knowledge will quickly become obsolete.
Curiosity lacks the drive for a specific outcome, and can lead to creativity, innovation, and open-mindedness. In a team, fostering curiosity can be extremely beneficial when it comes to innovation. Of course, curiosity can’t guarantee success, but it’s a good starting point!
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and trying new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
May you have a CURIOUS CHRISTMAS!
Janene Marais | Associate
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