5 Habits to Help You Embrace Curiosity

5 Habits to Help You Embrace Curiosity

All of us are born curious. From the time we are babies we learn about the world around us by engaging our curiosity and not being afraid to ask “why” or go where our curiosity takes us. But as we get older, we either start to quiet down our curious nature by asking fewer questions because we’re told not to or disengage from learning because our school systems may not be suited to our learning styles which makes us dislike learning. But our curiosity is something that needs to be nurtured because the more we engage with it, the more curious we will become, opening up a world of possibilities for us. 

If you are struggling with engaging your curiosity, here are 5 habits that will help you embrace your curiosity more often. 

Ask questions

Our minds process so much information and is constantly asking questions, so don’t be afraid to voice those questions. If you want to know something, ask your mentor or do some research to help you find the answers you seek.

Be willing to be wrong and make mistakes

Be open to hearing the opinions and insights of others rather than focusing on being right. The same goes for making mistakes, be willing to try and know that sometimes you will fail and that’s okay. Mistakes and being wrong are opportunities to learn.

Leave no room for judgement

When listening to others, solving problems or learning new information, try not to shame or judge. This goes for yourself as well, try not to judge your questions or how long it may take you to learn.

Explore the unknown

It’s easy to stick to the things that you know but in order to engage your curiosity more, be willing to explore the unknown. Try things in different ways, and look for answers in places you usually wouldn’t, to be curious is to try new things.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”

When being asked questions or if there’s an information gap, don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know something. Curiosity starts with wanting to fill a gap, so every time you worry about looking smart rather than learning, you are not embracing your curiosity.

Like any skill, it can take some time to really hone your curiosity and make it something that you naturally engage with but by putting these five habits into practice, you can learn to have a more open and engaging relationship with your curiosity.

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