Curiosity is a great characteristic that people rarely sustain in their lifetimes. Some people struggle to sustain curiosity because of their internal and external challenges. They cannot encourage curiosity to come to the fore as they condition their mindsets with their learning, experience, and environment. However, there are very few individuals who sustain their curiosity levels throughout their lives to excel as extraordinary achievers.
Are People Born with Curiosity?
Undoubtedly, we all are born with curiosity. Children are more curious and observe when they were born. They question a lot when they are kids. As they reach the next stages such as adolescence, young age, middle age, and old age, the curiosity level drops as they are conditioned to think as per their observations, environment, and education. That means they get into a box mentality. Only extraordinary achievers maintain their curiosity levels by continuous reading, learning, and leading. They keep upgrading their knowledge, skills, and abilities to sustain their curiosity levels. It makes them relevant, acceptable, and honorable to lead a complete and meaningful life.
Curiosity and Technology
Technology is both a boon and a bane. With the advent of technology, children are used to gadgets, and they get everything on a platter without applying much thinking. It kills their creativity and imagination. It is great to hear that children are used to technology but it is also a challenge because they get readymade answers to their questions through their smartphones.
“To be curious about that which is not one’s concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.” —Plato
Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Create Your Curiosity
Authors are curious and creative because they must be curious to learn various perspectives to create their perspectives. Here are some tips to create your curiosity.
- Focus on your art and craft.
- Don’t conform unless substantiated with facts and figures. Question rationally. Be rebellious, if required.
- Observe people around you.
- Identify your biological clock to unlock your creativity. Find out the time at which you are most productive to leverage it effectively.
- Journal regularly for a few minutes every day to capture your ideas.
- Synthesize your ideas. Mix and match them to apply practically.
- See the big picture.
- Experiment and explore the world unbiasedly.
- Read books regularly.
- Be prepared to learn from your experiences, especially from your failures.
- Above all, lead by example.
Every child is curious to know things. Children observe a lot and learn from others’ behavior and environment. They emulate their parents and the people around them. In educational institutions, they emulate educators because they spend the most time in the educational institutions. Succinctly, if you want to sustain your childlike curiosity, you must travel widely, read regularly, learn continuously and lead by example.
Educators create curiosity while teaching to invite and sustain the attention of their students. They often ask questions to their students to involve them in teaching and engage them effectively for a longer time. It helps students discover, analyze and understand themselves. It helps students apply the acquired knowledge, ideas, and insights in their real lives to excel as healthy citizens.
Curiosity in my Professional Life
I read books from different genres regularly. I explore new things and experiment with new areas. I don’t mind when I fail. I failed many times because I explored immensely and learned many lessons. I know that I am a morning man and I leverage that time which is the most productive to author books and write articles. I am aware that I am highly curious after I wake up from sleep. Hence, I deliberately sleep in the afternoon for some time so that I can concentrate and be curious to explore and write.
I am curious to learn. Hence, I talk to people around me when I am traveling or in the gym to understand different perspectives from people on various topics because everyone is unique in the world. I often throw a question to someone and listen attentively to capture their perspectives on various topics. The diversified experiences in my life including military, business, teaching, training, research, and consultancy sustained my curiosity levels. Hence, everyone must learn from multiple sources including from their observations, education, experience, teaching, and training to sustain their childlike curiosity.
Lots of inventions have occurred because of curiosity. Advanced technology and comforts are the outcomes of curiosity. We have grown as a civilization because of curiosity. To conclude, curiosity is inborn in all humans. Everyone must hone and sustain it.