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A Case For Curiosity

Embrace the unknown

April 04, 2020 | 2 min. read

Curiosity did not kill the cat. It opened their mind to new wonders and opportunities – in fact, it gave the cat a new lease of life! Below are a few ways you can spark your curiosity.

Make time for it
To make curiosity a habit, put it in your calendar. Ten minutes spent discovering something new can break up your normal routine, get you out of a rut and make every day that bit different. If you want to develop new skills or dive deeper into a subject, see if you can pencil in longer weekly sessions.

Try something new every day
It’s a powerful way to fight boredom and disengagement. Here are a few ideas:

Explore the hood
Next time you go out to the shop, take a little detour and explore the surroundings as if you’re on a city break. Note the street names and look up the people and places they were named after.

Choose a different book genre
Go for something you never normally read by asking someone for a recommendation or simply pick the ‘best of’ online. Do the same with movies and podcasts. Choose your medium and go off the beaten track.

Treat your taste buds to new flavors
Skip the comfort food and order something you never tried before. Even if it’s not going to be your new favorite dish, it’ll be a new experience you can talk about during your next Friday drinks.

Ask lots of questions
An average three-year-old asks about 26 questions an hour. Don’t attempt to beat the masters but see if you can amp up your question game. Go for the why, what, how and when questions and try to keep the ones that can be answered with a nod to a minimum. Ask others about their opinions, perspectives and approach to things. Listen carefully to what they say and see if you can follow up with more questions rather than jumping with conclusions or quick responses. The more perspectives you take in, the less you’ll be prone to bias.

Accept a beginner’s mind
‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few,’ says the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki. See if you can stir things up with a dash of Zen Buddhism. Set aside the familiar ways of working, question every step, experiment with different strategies and let yourself be surprised. Remember, that being open to insights is much more important than being right.

Be present
Multitasking leaves little space for playfulness, lightness and openness. Don’t call your mom on your curiosity walk or estimate the number of piano tuners in Chicago and listen to a new podcast episode. Be simply present at whatever you choose to do.

Now stop reading, switch on your beginner’s mind, go outside and be curious about everything!

 

 

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