10 Great Habits of Curious People
Everyone is born with it; it’s innate and natural to every child. But somewhere along the way, we lose our sense of how to use curiosity to expand our minds.
As we reach school age, answers become more important than curious thought. In fact, Hal Gregersen says, “The average 6-18 year old asks only 1 question per one-hour class per month.”
The 4-24 Project, founded by Gregersen, focuses on business leaders spending 4 minutes each day asking better questions to enhance curiosity.
Curiosity is a fundamental element in obtaining the information that propels our economy nowadays. Engaging in curious thought takes our mind from being passive and into an active mode. It helps us to discover new ideas and open up new avenues and possibilities. Finally, curiosity brings excitement into your life.
Curiosity doesn’t kill the cat in this modern age of information; it only makes the cat sleeker and stronger.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.”
So how can we retrain ourselves to be more curious? By forming new habits, of course.
Here are 10 great habits of curious people you can adapt and adopt naturally for yourself:
1. Listen without judgement
Don’t size people up and make assumptions. Curious people are as focused on exploring options rather than shaming or blaming.
2. Ask questions relentlessly
Curiosity begs us to ask what, why, who, when, where, and how to get at the deeper secrets. Questions don’t scare curious people.
3. Never get bored
When you’re naturally curious, you’re always looking into something new. Curious people can always find something interesting to explore.
4. Willing to be wrong
Cultivate a sense of being open to other’s insights and opinions rather than being right. Live to solve problems, instead of being right.
5. Naturally empathetic
Empathy lets you connect with your customers and prospects in a natural and authentic way. Empathy helps to open doors to new relationships.
6. Stay in the moment
Curious people don’t multi-task. They’re focused completely and solely on the present moment. You’ll be able to take in everything that is happening.
7. Aren’t afraid to say “I don’t know”
It’s more important for a curious person to learn something than to look smart. They’re always seeking knowledge by engaging in conversation.
8. Make time for curiosity
Curious people make time to be intentionally curious. Take one day a month to think forward 3 years, to question your goals and assumptions. Are you doing things you shouldn’t be doing?
9. Are self-motivated
When you’re consistently interested in new things, you make sure to put in the time and effort to learn about them. You do this because you want to, not because someone told you to.
10. Love to learn
Naturally curious people are avid learners. Read diverse kinds of books, blogs, white papers and anything else you can get your hands on. Take instructive clases and courses. Never stop learning.
Our minds have two halves: the one half that has new experiences and the other half that tries to understand those experiences. Many adults stop being curious and focus instead on understanding what they’ve already been through. Curious people use both halves of their minds and are able to stretch to new heights.
If you’d like to stretch your mind and practice curiosity, Natural Training has a myriad of courses that can take your natural inclinations and turn them into powerful information machines.
Contact one of our experts today to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals faster and naturally.
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