“Curiousity kills the cat” is what many say, however, only God knows the actual time that the antiquity of that string of words went into oblivion. Curiousity has helped humanity to achieve all the success we all can boast of today. Dealing with the subject of curiosity, Bernard Baruch said that “millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.” Meanwhile, “All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections,” according to Arthur Aufderheide.
Although, curiousity differs. Yours may be in food, medical, or academics, however, let us learn from the curious ones and be better at using several approaches they use on our path to greatness.
1. Ask questions
A great man by the name Claude Levi-Strauss believed strongly that “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” This means that his curiousity and intelligence will be measured by that. Therefore, when you need to know, ask questions. If what is said is not clear, ask about it. When you think you have understood it, summarise it and ask if you are correct. You need to do these because, if you don’t understand, it is fine. What you should not do is misunderstand.
2. Assume nothing, but listen
Curious people do not pre-empt, nor do they overlook their knowledge sources. They ask questions till they dig to their satisfaction. This has changed many lives tremendously. Those who pay attention can get great ideas, see opportunities, or discover solutions during that conversation. Imagine a member of your team on the wrong side, it is important to ask questions first, before unleashing your anger. Most of the time, having facts does not mean it’s true. The truth is usually hidden and often discovered when searched.
3. One topic, different views.
The answers you get out of your research do not have to be analysed from a point of view. Before you draw your conclusion, see it from others’ honest points of view. That will guide you to be fair in your conclusion because there is a reason to be judged based on what you love and not what fact says.
4. Welcome the outcome
When Galileo Galilei announced his discovery that the earth was spherical and not squared as the people of his time believed it to be, he was found “vehemently suspect of heresy,” and sentenced to house arrest and was there for 9 years till he died. Now, his discovery is what we all believed and has paved the way for further discoveries. It is important to embrace your discovery. It can change the world if you don’t look down on it.
5. Share it with others
You can be the source of knowledge, freedom, or answer to someone elsewhere if you share your discovery. The outcome of your curiousity triggers another curiousity in others. It may not be what many to hear, but answer. You too can join curious warriors on the path of making a huge difference around.