“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein.
There’s a variation on the proverb that curiosity killed the cat that reads, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction bought it back again!”
Cultivating healthy curiosity can encourage fresh learning and thinking, encourage personal growth and promote new ideas and innovation in a business environment.
Curiosity is a trait of many a famous genius including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci. In an article in LIFE Magazine in 1955 entitled “Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity” Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity famously said:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”
We can all be grateful for those with an inquisitive mind and an insatiable thirst for discovery, as we have all benefited from some of their findings!
Eleanor Roosevelt once observed that if a mother could ask a Fairy Godmother to endow a child with the most useful gift, that the gift should be curiosity. One of the key components of cultivating a growth mindset is our ability to be curious and open-minded and to question and challenge the way we think.
t helps us to avoid getting rigid in our thinking and leads us into exploring new avenues and possibilities. In an ever evolving world that is fuelled by innovation, curiosity could indeed be considered a very relevant business imperative.
Curiosity is the engine of innovation and curious people have an ongoing, intrinsic interest in both their inner experience and the world around them. Life is never boring for a curious person. Everyone possesses curiosity to some degree although people will differ according to the depth and strength of their curiosity and their willingness to act on it.
What are the benefits of being curious?
Better brain health
Curiosity helps your mind to be more active instead of passive. The mind is a muscle and the more exercise it gets the stronger it will become. Various studies have shown that keeping your brain active and alert can be very helpful as well in later life.
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