“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
~ Albert Einstein
Curiosity is the egg of emotions.
For years eggs were vilified. We were told they had too much cholesterol and if we ate too many, we’d eventually have a heart attack. Then suddenly, all of those same health experts admitted they were wrong about eggs, that eggs are, in fact, a superfood, and we can eat all we want.
Kids are naturally and deliciously curious. When we’re young, we want to know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. Why? What? How? How come? Why not? When? How do you know? Is that true?
We can’t get enough information. I mean, we’re like little info addicts needing a fix every 12 seconds.
Of course all of this curiosity drives adults, who have little in the way of answers, crazy, and our curiosity becomes a bad thing, like eggs. Curiosity killed the cat so stop asking all of those questions!
But, just as eggs are a superfood, curiosity is a super-emotion. And, just as eggs are great for our health, it turns out being a curious learner can save your life. Here’s how:
1. Being a Curious Learner Keeps Us Open
“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
― Walt Disney Company
Something happens around puberty. Beyond all of those weird physical changes, we start to change mentally as well. Instead of asking so many questions about life and how the world works, we suddenly think we have all of the answers. And the older we get, the more closed and stuck in our beliefs and opinions we become.
As adults, it’s important to breathe life back into our curiosity so we can remain open to possibilities. Only then can we reach our full potential and live authentically.
Never stop learning. Always be curious.
2. Being a Curious Learner Silences Fear
When I refer to “creative living,” … I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear. — Elizabeth Gilbert
When we fear something, we are certain of an outcome. You may fear public speaking because you are certain you’ll be a big flop. You may fear getting romantically involved with someone because you are certain the relationship will end in ashes.
What would happen if you started to approach your life from a curious point of view? Instead of being certain you will fail at public speak, why not wonder how good you’ll be? Instead of being certain you will fail at love, why not wonder how close you’re capable of getting to another person?
If you let curiosity and not fear run your life, you stand a much better chance of living fully.
3. Being a Curious Learner Leads to Innovation
“If we did all of the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
― Thomas Edison
“I wonder if…”
How many inventions were born from someone asking this question? How many new businesses started in a similar way? Curiosity is a gateway to innovation.
Did you ever consider that your own life might need some innovation? If you’ve been suspecting that you should kickstart a new chapter in your life, but don’t have a clue what this next chapter should look like, sound like, or feel like, start asking yourself some questions.
“I wonder if I’m really suited in my current professional role?”
“I wonder how I could feel more excitement in my life?”
“I wonder if I should start wearing bangs?” (Hey, haridos need innovation, too!)
If you are in desperate need of that lightbulb moment that will illuminate your life’s next steps, start being a curious learner about yourself and your goals. This will help you find new ways to grow your business and relationships.
4. Being a Curious Learner Reveals Opportunities
“Remember that things are not always as they appear to be… Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Only a curious mind can look beneath the surface of life to see other realities; other potentials and opportunities. Careers and relationships can flourish only when we are able to stop, look closer, wonder, and try something new.
Being a curious learner will save your life, so try being more curious on a day-to-day basis. Ask more questions and be open to whatever answers come. You will be amazed at how your life, business, and relationships will transform.
Are we connected yet? I’m just curious…