“Curiosity is itself a form of power, and also a form of courage.” Brian Grazer A Curious Mind
Curiosity also rewards persistence. I believe that curiosity and intuition are two very powerful and important skills. My own experience has taught me that being inquisitive isn’t always supported. Asking questions and seeking to understand can be misconstrued as disagreeing, prying, allowing others to know that you don’t know, or just being annoying. I wonder if we were intentional about creating environments that provoke curiosity if our children would learn the value of questioning instead of being told to stop asking questions?
Creativity is enhanced by curiosity. I wonder if the willingness to ask different questions, explore and play with what’s possible, and being open to not knowing could all be regarded as important forms of intelligence? Wouldn’t it be cool if being curious was cool?
It takes courage to keep asking questions when most people just want to move on, get it done, keep going. In the trades, I often hear artists and craftsmen say; “If you look at it long enough, it will show you.” In other words, having a relationship with the work, the challenge, the problem, can be an opportunity to be curious and learn. I often ask my professional development clients how questions are perceived in their workplaces. How do you respond when someone questions you about your knowledge, opinions, or experiences? Are questions encouraged? Is curiosity a skill that you are encouraged to develop?
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