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Curiosity Is The Highway to Your Genius

Fearlessness is one thing, being relentlessly curious another. To be driven by an insatiable desire to know is a trait of true innovators and leaders. Live in your curiosity. Poke it. Be driven to feed it with discovery. 

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. – Albert Einstein

Have you ever noticed how curious happy and successful people are?…Nobel prize winners, innovators, inventors, great couples, artists, achievers and leaders. Along with a great reverence for life there’s often a wild, child-like energy.  It can freak people out. But why?These folks have unlocked Pandora’s box unleashing an energy that will fuel and feed them throughout their lives. Renowned psychologist Guy Hendricks calls this the “zone of genius.” People living in it can seem, well, curious. If you get close to people operating in their zone of genius you’ll discover a curiosity that’s driven by more than the desire know something. There’s the insatiable drive and spirit to discover new things and a true reverence for life.  They are plugged into electrified by curiosity.  

Lot’s of the greats have talked about the powers of curiosity. Such as…

The Dali Lama…

The more we are curious about the world, the clearer our minds become and the more we develop a spirit on initiative.

And Walt Disney…

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

The greats seem to see curiosity as the engine of innovation and discovery. Rockstar Physicist Neil Degrass seems to agree, but states it a little more directly.  He says…

No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.

So curiosity seems important especially if we want to operate out of our zone of genius in our life. What can we do to unlock it?

Here’s (1) suggestion

Play.  Allow yourself to laugh, have fun, and be freakishly curious in all you do. If you’re afraid, no big deal. Your curiosity is in there. The muscle just needs some exercising, it’s likely a little flabby. 

CONSIDER DOING THIS

  • HANG OUT with a  kid  – Kid’s don’t even have to be playing to be locked into their curiosity -they are just there. Hang out long enough and you’ll begin to get back in touch with where you started.  Inside each of us is a child at play. No matter how hard you try in your adult life, you will never be able to ditch the kid in you. Psychology has plenty to say about this reality if you don’t believe me.  I’m lucky enough to have a 3 year old power plant of amazing named Gus.  Down Syndrome has not limited his curiosity one lick! He’s a great teacher and daily reminder to stay in touch with curiosity. He’s actually trying to wrestle the mouse out of my hands right now! Curious kid!  
  • UNLOAD your questions – the truly curious are insatiable learners.  Again, look at kids! So create a mission to ask new questions daily. Make it a game, your questions don’t have to be serious. They can be ridiculous, provocative, and powerful questions.  Play and adjust as you go. Once you ask a question step back. Take the time to listen and learn from people. Underneath curiosity is a powerful need to make NEW CONNECTIONS. Asking the right questions can create the  space for meaningful connections to be made -but again, you have to be willing to listen.  Your ego needs to take a back seat, which is a healthy exercise for anyone. 

Ok, I hope you enjoyed this foray into the usefulness of curiosity.  Go be curious today, folks!  See you in tomorrow’s Daily Insight. 

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Thomas Miller says June 25, 2017

Thanks for reminding me of the importance of being curious like a kid again and if possible as curious as Gus is.

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