Wikipedia describes curiosity as: (from Latin curiosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care”) is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and animal species. Curiosity is heavily associated with all aspects of human development, in which derives the process of learning and desire to acquire knowledge and skill.
I would suggest that curiosity is an under-rated trait that is present in almost any successful person that I know!
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” Voltaire
This is one “skill” that can be developed … and can be hugely useful in both your career and your personal life.
For example, it is a strongly held belief that great leaders do not accept the “status quo”. They are continually looking for ways to get better, to improve the process, to reduce the costs and to be more efficient. A great way to do that is to be curious, and to truly understand why things are the way they are, because when you understand it well you have a decent chance of improving it!
“It is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Max De Pree
Let’s talk about relationships, both business and personal. The number one way to start a relationship is to be curious about the other person! By asking questions we get to know people better, and conversation flows easier leading to an easier relationship which might develop into friendship. So, whether you are networking for business or meeting socially … being curious is a great way to “get ahead”!
“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in other people than in two years of trying to get people interested in you.” Dale Carnegie
Work at it!
Consciously start to ask more questions.
Work at developing better questions.
Set yourself a goal to learn something new every day … by asking questions.
If you are hiring people, look for those who are curious … they will WANT to learn!
Are you good at getting people to open up, by asking good questions?
Do you agree that curiosity is a valuable skill?
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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