Have you ever noticed a young child bombarding someone with “Why is the sky blue?” or “Where do babies come from?” They have an innate drive to understand the world around them.
As we grow older, we often lose that insatiable curiosity we had as kids. But what if maintaining a curious mindset into adulthood can profoundly shape our perspectives, spark creativity, reveal life-changing opportunities, and even drive career success?
It can feel impossible to remain inquisitive and wide-eyed when you’ve got bills to pay and endless responsibilities. I feel you! But hear me out. I used to take my curiosity for granted too until I realized just how much it impacts every aspect of my life.
So allow me to make this case to you for why you should tap back into your inner curious kid from time to time. Hopefully, I can inspire you to nurture that side of yourself through the ebbs and flows of adulting. Shall we dig in?
Nurturing curiosity expands our perspectives by pushing us to proactively seek out new information and ideas. When a curious itch needs scratching, suddenly reading an obscure Wikipedia article sounds super interesting! We ask smarter questions, dig beneath the surface of assumptions, and seek out different sources shaping our worldviews.
Over time, the compound effect is a more nuanced take on almost any subject. For example, a friend of mine recently got curious about Southeast Asian cuisine after watching a travel show in the region. Fast forward a few months, and he can name five new favourite dishes, he’s conversant in various cultural traditions around food he had never heard of before, and he’s planned a trip to experience it firsthand!
Another benefit is that curiosity boosts creativity and problem-solving. In my job, I collaborate with lots of smart experts, but I’ve noticed the curious ones stand out. When handed a complex challenge, they brainstorm and connect dots between wildly different concepts.
The incurious folks? They tend to default to the standard toolkit regardless of the problem.