Curiosity is an important trait of a genius.
You probably couldn't find an intellectual giant
who is not a curious person. Thomas Edison, Leonardo
da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, they
are all curious characters. Richard Feynman was
especially known for his adventures which came
from his curiosity.
But why is curiosity so important? Here are four
- It makes your mind active instead
Curious people always ask questions
and search for answers in their minds. Their
minds are always active. Since the mind is like
a muscle which becomes stronger through continual
exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity
makes your mind stronger and stronger.
- It makes your mind observant of new
When you are curious about something, your mind
expects and anticipates new ideas related to
it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized.
Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right
in front of you and yet you miss them because
your mind is not prepared to recognize them.
Just think, how many great ideas may have lost
due to lack of curiosity?
- It opens up new worlds and possibilities
By being curious you will be able to
see new worlds and possibilities which are normally
not visible. They are hidden behind the surface
of normal life, and it takes a curious mind
to look beneath the surface and discover these
new worlds and possibilities.
- It brings excitement into your life
The life of curious people is far from boring.
It’s neither dull nor routine. There are
always new things that attract their attention,
there are always new ‘toys’ to play
with. Instead of being bored, curious people
have an adventurous life.
Now, knowing the importance of curiosity, here
are some tips to develop it:
1. Keep an open mind
This is essential if you are to have a curious
mind. Be open to learn,
unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and
believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared
to accept this possibility and change your mind.
2. Don’t take things as granted
If you just accept the world as it is without
trying to dig deeper, you will certainly lose
the ‘holy curiosity’. Never take things
as granted. Try to dig deeper beneath the surface
of what is around you.
3. Ask questions relentlessly
A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface
is asking questions: What is that? Why
is it made that way? When was it
made? Who invented it? Where does
it come from? How does it work? What,
why, when, who, where, and how are
the best friends of curious people.
4. Don’t label something as boring
Whenever you label something as boring, you close
one more door of possibilities. Curious people
are unlikely to call something as boring. Instead,
they always see it as a door to an exciting new
world. Even if they don’t yet have time
to explore it, they will leave the door open to
be visited another time.
5. See learning as something fun
If you see learning as a burden, there’s
no way you will want to dig deeper into anything.
That will just make the burden heavier. But if
you think of learning as something fun, you will
naturally want to dig deeper. So look
at life through the glasses of fun and excitement
and enjoy the learning process..
6. Read diverse kinds of reading
Don’t spend too much time on just one world;
take a look at another worlds. It will introduce
you to the possibilities and excitement of the
other worlds which may spark your interest to
explore them further. One easy way to do this
is through reading diverse kinds of reading. Try
to pick a book or magazine on a new subject and
let it feed your mind with the excitement of a