The legend has it that when humans discovered the potato plant, many died because of it. They have eaten the fruits and leafs of the plant which turned out to be poisonous. Sad and angry, they gather all the potato plants (fruits, leaves, roots) they could find and set them on fire to wreck this malefic organism. When the roots started to cook on the fire, the smell made everyone wonder what could that astonishing aroma can be.
Most people put more hay on the fire to make sure the plant will die, but a few curious ones took the roots out of the fire and tasted the wonderful smelling oval shaped object. They didn’t die, and now, all of us can enjoy the potato.
Did you know that latest medical research has found that eating carrots can help smokers improve lung health, but taking beta-carotene supplements increases their risk of lung cancer?
Did you know that there is a city in this world that is illegal not to smile at all times except funerals and visits to the hospital?
Curiosity can cost you, sometimes a bit more than you can chew. However, being curious about the right things is opening many, many doors for you.
Why should you be curious and how to use your curiosity?
1. Seek Personal Growth
Being curious makes you listen. Not just hearing what people have to say, but actually, listen. Listen to learn something new, opposite to hearing only to confirm what you already know.
Developing your listening skills is not only enriching your knowledge but also increases others desire to have you around, and it is improving your relationships of all kind.
You are entering a conversation with an open mind because no matter how knowledgeable you are, you have always something more to learn, you can benefit from any and every human interaction.
Curiosity also is spicing things up in your life because it is a pleasant feeling and the rewards are instant.
When you approach a person or situation with curiosity, your mind gets free of judgment towards that person or situation. Therefore, you are more likely to find solutions and ways to move forward. In a sense, curiosity is a great tool to get unstuck, right?
We are searching for ways to keep our brain young and sane, and curiosity is one of those ways because curiosity is giving a job to many neurons that otherwise would die for lack of activity.
When you find yourself in a difficult situation, your curiosity could be just the needed medicine to overcome that situation instead of lingering in despair.
- How did others past that situation?
- What was missing to do better? What can you do better?
- What others way can you try to solve the situation?
- Who are the people that can help?
- What else is there to know about [the situation]?
Get curious about who you are, what you stand for, you present and future. Being curious about all these things are giving you the best chance to keep your self-esteem on positive levels.
Being curious is promoting your motivation and drive feelings. Plus, it helps you to keep your focus on your purpose.
When you are curious about how well you can do something, your curiosity is overpowering any self-doubt or low confidence feelings you might have.
2. Present what you want without sounding too pushy
Did you notice how children are asking indirectly for what they want? “What is that? What do you have there? Is that [naming what you have with enthusiasm]?” Can you help yourself not to offer some of [that]?!
We are not children anymore, and we have many other ways to ask for what we want. However, formulating your request as a curiosity about what you want sounds so innocent. Doesn’t it? And with some people is the only way you will get what you want.
3. Find Connections
Behind everything and everyone there is a story. You may not care too much about something until you hear its story. And every story is captivating and entertaining. Your neurons, otherwise engaged, are euphoric to follow a story, a curiosity.
Do you know who Mark Rothko is? If you don’t, do you care? What if I tell you that one of his paintings (“Rockefeller Rothko”) was sold by $14,160.000(approx)? Still nothing? The painting is not an extraordinary piece of art in the eye of an ordinary person, but the story behind it is. It’s not the virtues of the painting that made it so expensive but the fact that it was housed in the Rockefeller building for many, many years.
Allowing your curiosity to fly, will take you to beautiful and amazing stories, to new discoveries about yourself and others.
4. Make others feel important and valued
Is there a better way to demonstrate you care about somebody other than showing yourself curious about their well-being, interests, achievements, and skills?
People love to feel important. When you make them feel that, you become important to them; you become valuable.
People don’t judge you by how smart, beautiful or wealthy you are; people are judging you by the way they feel about themselves because of you.
Curiosity is a fertile ground for collaboration.
Have fun, explore what you like, show off what you know, improve what you can do, build long-lasting relationships using your curiosity.
Carmen Jacob believes that us, people are good by nature and giving the knowledge, the chance and the opportunity, they will prove to themselves and to others how extraordinary and capable every person can be.