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Curiosity may save the cat - Anita Cacchioli

THE COACHING ACADEMY BLOG

Is learning part of your daily life? Are you always in search of the next great idea? Do you refuse to settle for the status quo? Are you inquisitive? Are you curious? Are you fond of asking questions? What kind of questions do you ask? Curiosity is a great virtue - the playwright George Bernard Shaw said, "Some people look at things and ask, "Why?" I look at things and ask, "Why Not?"

Is learning part of your daily life?  Are you always in search of the next great idea?  Do you refuse to settle for the status quo?  Are you inquisitive? Are you curious? Are you fond of asking questions? What kind of questions do you ask?
Curiosity is a great virtue - the playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “Some people look at things and ask, “Why?” I look at things and ask, “Why Not?”

Are you curious enough to learn, to discover, to innovate? If so, it is this curiosity that will lead you to success.
Young children tend to interact with the world openly, with absolute anticipation of learning something new. Children, especially small children, often throw themselves into experiences to see what would happen. They don't anticipate pain or failure; they just marvel at the new thing they’re discovering.

We all ask questions, but that doesn't mean that we're asking the questions that really make a difference. How often I have observed the avoidance of important questions because they're difficult to answer. But it is absolutely essential that we face these queries and try to explore answers that we've never considered before. Ask tough questions, and don’t stop until you’ve found the answers.  Surround yourself with others that do the same.  Encourage open thinking and communication. Don’t stifle or squash new ideas just because they aren’t what “you usually do.”

I have seen many business owners and senior executives hire other people with a similar background, who speak the same corporate language as they do, have similar interests etc. but in the long run, they really can't expect to make progress or learn something valuable if everyone approaches problems the same way. Consider being around people who come from different backgrounds or industries. Look for questions and curiosity from all corners of an organisation.

Without curiosity, we wouldn’t have the iPhone , we wouldn’t have effective information search methods in the form of Google. We wouldn't have great file sharing options like DropBox,

These all came about because people started asking questions, explored the possibilities, worked with other minds, and understood the limitations of the status quo.

If you are constantly asking questions, you get to:

  • Imagine and innovate
  • Create new/better products, features, and services
  • Understand others better
  • Learn about emerging trends, markets and technologies
  • Change the way you do things (for the better)

“We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – The Walt Disney Company