12 Qualities of Successful People – #6 Curiosity

Curiosity is considered one of the best catalysts for success, and is also a well-known trait of many highly successful people such as Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein.

What is curiosity?

Curiosity, as Wikipedia defines it, is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation and discovery.

It can be described as a strong desire to learn or to know something, to understand how things work and why, and to have new experiences, all of which makes curiosity an important ingredient for successful learning.

Curiosity also cultivates the ability to make connections between diverse bits of information and leads to knowledge.

Why is curiosity important to success?

Curiosity is so important to our success because it compels us to ask questions, read, watch, listen and explore – and this leads to learning, acquiring knowledge, and even becoming an expert in a field.

In this video, How Perpetual Curiosity Can Lead You To Success, Jack Canfield – author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ – says that the highly successful people he knows, like Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Tony Robbins, all have one thing in common: they never stop learning! And such a willingness to learn continuously can only lead to new opportunities.

Curiosity also broadens our perspectives as we look for ways to do things better, learn from others, and explore different opinions, diverse topics and novel ideas, opening up new worlds and possibilities.

Curiosity also drives us into the unknown, which is where opportunities are uncovered, discoveries are made, and growth is experienced in relationships, in business, and in life.

“There is no better catalyst to success than curiosity.” – Michael Dell, CEO, Dell Technologies

Tips to grow your curiosity

Fortunately, it is not difficult to grow your curiosity and, as a result, your success in life. Use these tips to start cultivating your curiosity today.

  • Make a commitment to stay curious, to keep an open mind and to learn, unlearn, relearn – and even to discover that you have been wrong about some things!
  • Don’t simply accept things at face value – it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface, where barriers are overcome, discoveries are made and markets are disrupted.
  • Ask questions relentlessly – what, why, when, who, where, and how? Be willing to ask all sorts of questions, even those that seem dumb.
  • Never stop learning – seize every opportunity to learn more, deepen your understanding and enhance your skills.
  • Expose yourself to new and diverse subjects on a regular basis whether by speaking to different people, reading widely, taking a course, attending a workshop or conference, or even studying formally.
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