Curiosity is a skill that is often underrated and underappreciated, but curiosity is more important than you think.
Curiosity is defined as the “why in why”. Curiosity is an adjective, noun, and verb that manifests in our mindset, communications, and actions and ultimately serves as the life skill that can affect our happiness.
We live in a world with lots of noise. Information is coming at us from more places faster, culture is shifting in our homes and work, personal interaction has been decreased, our workplaces are rapidly changing, and the level of uncertainty is increasing.
A combination of these stresses contributes to bad behaviors like petty squabbles, fighting, lying, and cheating as well as depression, sadness, and low self-esteem.
The key to navigating all these challenges is a strong sense of curiosity.
Here are 5 reasons why curiosity is important.
1. Curiosity Is Important For Growth
Curiosity allows a person to live in a state of possibility and recognize that there is more than one way to achieve an outcome.
Curiosity supports resiliency and the ability to remain open when outcomes vary from expectations.
2. Curiosity Leads To Action
Curious people are more courageous, less fearful, and more confident.
Curious people can differentiate in any situation between a reality grounded in facts and the emotions that they are experiencing.
Curious people are self-aware to understand their triggers, insecurities, and weaknesses quicker and switch into action to managing or facing their fears productively.
3. Curiosity Results In Innovation
Curiosity is important for innovation and creativity.
Curious people can imagine various options and scenarios and explore them from a perspective of “what if”.
Curiosity allows the mind to explore options from a place of possibility and not limit. This skill allows a person to create, imagine alternatives, and drive changes in consideration of possibilities.
4. Curiosity Opens Up Conversations
Curiosity is important for navigating uncomfortable and difficult conversations.
Curiosity allows a person to understand different perspectives. Curiosity also allows people to dig into the real issue at hand.
With curiosity, a person can have uncomfortable conversations that are assertive and not aggressive, argumentative, or anxious. Conversations are communication and not gossip. Support is not interpreted as sabotage. Influence is achieved without pressure, guilt, or shame.
5. Curiosity Promotes Collaboration
People that are curious have stronger social relationships and can collaborate better on teams.
Increasing the level of curiosity in all of one’s life leaders to stronger relationships that have a foundation of trust, respect, and resiliency.
Stronger relationships lead to increased collaboration and productivity of teams.
About Robin Barone
Robin Barone is a curious and collaborative executive with experience in entrepreneurship, investment, and business development in small to large organizations who is passionate about building profitable businesses. She is the founder of Curiosity Conversations, a newsletter and workshop designed to nurture curiosity in busy people looking to achieve better outcomes in their professional and personal lives.