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If you’re in business, either for yourself or as an employee, you will know that no two days are ever the same. What brought success yesterday won’t necessarily bring you more of the same tomorrow.

If 2020 has taught us anything it is that change really is the only constant. Over the past few months working with business owners around the country I’ve been struck by a simple fact: those who have adapted to the changes forced on us by Covid-19 and are building great businesses and selves, all have one thing in common. They are innately and almost insatiably curious.

Curiosity killed the cat, they say . . . but only after it had used up its nine lives.

Being inquisitive and interested in people, things, and events is an admirable characteristic, both because it increases your own learning and because it’s infectious. If you display curiosity, those around you will be more curious than they would otherwise have been.

An open, enquiring mind is a prerequisite for continuous learning and development. The alternative, a closed mind, is a recipe for stagnation and for the rate of change to exceed the rate of learning.

Success relies on an open mind for new ideas, ways of thinking and for being unafraid to take ACTION! If you want to grow, make the choice to be interested and impressed, not interesting and impressive. . . .

If you’re not already the sort of person who displays curiosity, it’s possible for you to learn to become so. How easy or difficult this will be depends on your starting point.

If you feel curious, interested, and inquisitive, but don’t exhibit those behaviours, it’s comparatively easy to adopt behaviours that will demonstrate your curiosity. You could, for example, embrace a commitment to talk to people about what interests them, ask lots of questions, and demonstrate how interested you are in them.

By feeling interested you’re already halfway there and these behaviours should be quite easy to adopt.

If you don’t feel interested, it’s quite possible to feign interest. Most people will discover that if they pretend to be interested then they start to feel interested (fake it till you make it). Your outward, exhibited behaviour will affect your inner feelings . . . rather than the other way around.

Curiosity provides the springboard for learning and development. Curious, inquisitive people tend to:

  • ask lots of questions

  • think out loud

  • play devil’s advocate

  • dig and delve to find out more

  • formulate and reformulate “theories” – and be ok with being ‘wrong; sometimes

  • have lots of ideas

  • challenge conventional thinking

This is an admirable list. The downside is that people who are curious will often flit, butterfly-like, from one interest to another and not sustain their enthusiasm for any one thing. As a result, they fail to see things through to a conclusion. They are good starters, but poor finishers.

If this describes you, even just sometimes, you can correct this tendency by working to maintain your interest, continually checking to ensure that your people are completing the things they’ve started.

Consistent curiosity is vital . . . the lifeblood of continuous improvement. All learning and development emanates from an insatiable curiosity, and that’s worth thinking about.

If you are ready to change and grow to make more money AND get more time back in your life to enjoy family, friends and fine things, call Chris on 0222 332 669 or email chriswhelan@actioncoach.com & apply for a complimentary 90-minute Strategy Session to get you started.

Chris is former chief executive of the Wellington Regional Development Agency and now an ActionCoach. If you are ready to change and grow to make more money and get more time back in your life to enjoy family, friends and fine things, call Chris on 0222 332 669 or email chriswhelan@actioncoach.com and apply for a complimentary 90-minute strategy session to get you started.

 

Curiosity helps businesses thrive

 
 
 
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