3 Ways to be Curious
"The important thing is not to stop questioning..... Never lose a holy curiosity," said Albert Einstein.
All geniuses like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci and in the modern era, the late Steve Jobs were perennially curious. It is what made them what they were.
Curiosity is that trait which makes you want to know more about something. It actually helps to shift your perspective from "what is" to "what could be." The genesis of all great inventions, discoveries and any worthwhile human achievements is in the mind that is curious.
If you want to learn to be curious, you need the following essential ingredients:
1. Ask more questions
2. Be actively observant
3. Imagine things
The foundation of being curious lies in asking questions. Ask questions so that you may know more and more about what you are seeking and gain multiple perspectives. Don't just accept things at face value. Remember all that glitters is not gold.
Asking you to be curious is like asking you to go back to your childhood. Become a child. Have you noticed how children question anything and everything. They do not take anything for granted. They are masters of suspending judgement which unfortunately is the bane of adult thinking and creativity (lack of it actually). When you start exercising judgement instead of giving free rein to your curious, questioning nature (as a child does), you have killed whatever chances there are of going beyond what exists. You are satisfied with "what is" and throttled "what could be."
Along with cultivating the art of asking questions, you must begin to observe actively what is around you. You must begin to notice as opposed to merely seeing things.
For example, can you accurately describe the color of the walls in your house. Do you know at all what color they are? It is said that the devil is in the detail. That simply means that knowing details is paramount to understanding deeper and better. Such knowledge can only be gained by observing actively.
Observe the paint shade of your car and describe its color, hue, texture, sheen, reflection and so forth in detail. Write it down and after giving it a good shot compare with the actual description from the car brochure or manual or even website. You will begin to realize how much information is available on such a simple thing as paint shade and how much we do not know about things that we use almost day in day out.
What propels you from the "what is" mode to the "what could be" mode is imagination.
Albert Einstein said: "imagination is more important than knowledge."
To virtually create in your mind what you cannot physically see, hear, touch, taste and smell calls for an ability to stretch your mind's eye and imagine. Remember how Einstein imagined himself riding on a beam of light.
All great discoveries and any significant accomplishments in creativity and problem solving were made possible (many considered impossible to begin with) by this projection of a phenomenon not yet existing.
Goal setting and achieving is one area which is entirely dependent on this projection of what could be . You need to imagine in your current moment what that future of yours looks (and sounds, feels, tastes and smells) like. It is an exercise that very fortunately for human beings the brain is exceptionally equipped to deliver.
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It is a veritable treasure trove of facts, amazing happenings, phenomenon and the like. It will literally build curiosity in you. The best part is they go on to scientifically explain why remaining curious is so important.
I will leave you with a question for you to ponder over.
What drives your curiosity?