We often spend so much time surrounded by to-do lists, calendars, and endless meetings. But even with all that, are you finding time to be curious?
Curiosity is all about asking questions, challenging the status quo, and exploring new things. It’s also one of the most crucial skills for future leaders.
As children, most of us were naturally curious. We asked questions about everything and considered all sorts of possibilities. But as we grew up, that curiosity was squashed until we now have to make time to practice curiosity.
Being curious allows you to uncover new opportunities. It keeps your mind sharp and makes it so you don’t get too set in your ways.
Curiosity doesn’t require lots of supplies or even a huge amount of time. But when you regularly find time to be curious, it will become more natural. You’ll start to re-awaken that curiosity from your childhood and you’ll start looking at the world and your work from a new point of view.
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Finding time to be curious can include:
- Giving yourself time to simply think and run through possibilities
- Reading, watching, or listening to something new
- Going on a walk and letting your mind wander
- Asking questions of a friend or colleague
- Brainstorming ideas and writing down or considering everything that crosses your mind
- Going down a rabbit hole about a new subject
- Drawing, sketching, or painting whatever comes to your mind
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When you’re curious, you’re not constrained by the status quo or the typical ways of doing business. You let your mind wander as you consider new ideas and are open to new perspectives.
With the day-to-day aspects of our jobs and lives, it can feel like you don’t have time to be curious. But practicing curiosity is simply too important to ignore. Curiosity is important for all of us, especially leaders. It’s the curious people who will shape and create the future of work, and that’s someone you want to be.
What are you doing to make sure you can be curious?
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