When I discovered a new yoga studio had opened near my house, I had to check it out. (Side note: It was completely amazing.)
As I drove home from my first class, I thought, “Why do I have to try all the new things?” As I dug deeper, I came to realize I am basically a curiosity junkie.
I won’t lie. There are times that this level of curiosity has gotten me in trouble. In my business, there have been a couple instances when I hired freelancers because I wanted to see what they could do… only to find out they weren’t great fits.
Curiosity, in moments like those, led to less-than-ideal results. But, for the most part, my curiosity has helped me build an incredibly rich and fulfilling life.
That’s why I encourage you to let yourself go a bit and try something new. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be something big. You could try a new recipe, take a different route to work or simply check out one of the resources below.
“How to Explore a Curiosity Before Going All In” [Blog]
Writer Kristin Wong offers several fantastic tips on exploring your curiosities before going all in on a new pursuit or endeavor. My personal favorite is to stop trying to monetize everything. Not every interest needs to support your livelihood.
According to Wong, “Even if you do end up monetizing the hobby, I think it’s important to explore it first and enjoy it without even thinking about money. Allow yourself to be mediocre at it, because if you ever want to be excellent at something, you’ll have to start with mediocre.”
What’s Your Curiosity Profile? [Quiz]
Because I’m highly curious, I had to take this online quiz as soon as I saw saw it. There’s no email address or other personal information required to get your results, so it’s a fun and quick self-awareness exercise… without the spam-email hangover.
I laughed when I saw question 6 because I will totally try anything once, just to see what it’s like. This has led to many interesting creations in my kitchen. One worth mentioning—and not recreating—is protein-packed muffins that replaced flour with protein powder. Since that wasn’t bad enough, it also had “frosting” made of protein powder and water that reminded me of paste.
Needless to say, I scored very high on all three dimensions the assessment measured (way above the average).
“From Curious to Competent” in Harvard Business Review [Article]
Last week, I shared my excitement around the HBR’s focus on curiosity for their fall issue. This follow-up article demonstrates that curiosity plays an important role in a manager’s potential and competence.
The authors discovered that a manager’s level of curiosity “is the best predictor of strength in all seven of the leadership competencies [they] measure (results orientation, strategic orientation, collaboration and influence, team leadership, developing organizational capabilities, change leadership, and market understanding).” So, basically? Your curiosity is a major determining factor in your leadership capability.
Curiosity’s role has nothing to do with hurting cats
That old adage is tired, anyway. Curiosity is embedded in each of us, but it’s up to us to start opening doors when it comes knocking with its many questions.
The research lays it out pretty solidly, don’t you think? The more interested you are in a variety of topics, hobbies and discoveries, the higher chance of achieving success and finding true fulfillment—both at home and at work.