Why being curious is still one of the most important traits now?
Curious as defined by dictionary.com is the desire to learn and know about anything. It is also known as inquisitiveness. It is an important trait for us since the day when we were born. We are curious about the world we live in and ask for answers to everything around us since young. However, as time past, some of us has learnt how “not to be curious”, how to “stop questioning”, worst still, how to “stop thinking”. There may be plenty of reasons behind that behaviours depending on your background and circumstances, ranging from environmental and external pressure, lack of time, lack of intent or will, and more.
That said, I believe that maintaining a healthy level of curiosity is benefit both to the self and the community or social context. Here are the reasons why:
- Being curious is one of the most important ways to change and continuous improvement of one’s knowledge and skills. With the desire to learn and understand, you will automatically find ways of searching for an answer to the questions that you have in mind. Over time, you will be more knowledge and develop the skills that might be handy to survive in the society.
- Bring us new perspectives and fresh ways of thinking about a topic, issues, problems and concerns. With curiosity, we tend to have the desire to understand new ideas and voices of us and the reasons why they think in a certain way. It could help us in broadening our scope of thinking and reasoning.
- It could be just me. But being curious is one of the ways which I keep myself busy and less bored about the world. By learning things that are new and which I don’t understand keeps me occupied and engaged in living. I have yet to find any other ways of living that could be as engaging as being curious and keep learning yet.
- You tend to think more deeply and rationally about the decisions that you need to be making at hand. This helps to reduce the likelihood of making a wrong decision based on the information that you have at hand. The decision could range from job suitability to everyday work related issues and problems.
- Innovate creatively to solve problems and issues that the community, organisation or society is facing.
- Potentially reduce group conflict by understanding the underlying reason when an individual voice a certain opinion, idea or thought. The desire to learn about the others could help reduce unnecessary conflict that we may faced in the communities.
- It helps to promote life-long learning from an individual. Learning doesn’t stop when you graduated from University. When you land your first job, you need to learn. When you got your first girlfriend/boyfriend, you need to learn. When you get married, you need to learn. When you switch a job, you need to learn. When you have your first child, you need to learn. As long as we are living, we are learning. Being curious is the activation energy that triggers learning, or rather life-long learning.
So what about you? Do you think being curious is important? In what kind of context is curiosity the most important?