Compel Yourself to be Curious

This move is designed to help you force yourself to be curious and to yearn for more understanding and learning.
Pete Chatmon

About the Move

Children are naturally curious because this is how they learn best. It’s the stage in their life where they learn about the world they are living in.  But curiosity shouldn't stop when we grow up.

Being an adult doesn’t mean we already know everything. Knowledge doesn’t depend on a person’s biological age and learning is a lifelong process.

No one is knowledgeable about all the things in the world, not even the smartest person on earth. In fact, new information is available every single day. But we can't get a hold of vital information and learning unless we become curious about it.

Use this Move to keep the curiosity ball rolling to seek more knowledge and understanding.

Setting the Move in motion:

Overcome close-mindedness

Some people, especially tenured adults are usually “know-it-alls”. They find it hard to accept that there are some things that they don’t know yet. Because of this, they become close-minded.

To overcome this, strive to learn what you don’t know. Observe and work with those who know how to do it. That’ll make you more curious about the topic and the work.

With all the changes happening around us, it’s impossible not to learn something new everyday. Being open to learning new things will help you stay relevant.

Employers usually hire young and trainable applicants because they are more open and willing to learn new things. On the other hand, tenured employees who find it hard to adjust become irrelevant to the company. So, put away your assumptions and try working with the younger crowd. Immerse yourself in doing it, and eventually, you’ll see the importance and joy of having an open mind.

Ask the Reporter Questions

Children ask the question “why” infinitely. Like them, if you are willing to learn about something, you’ll have a ton of questions. It might not be limited to “why”, but to all other reporter questions like, who, what, where, when, and how.

It’s easier to learn when you're aware of what you want to know. So, once you get interested in something, aside from doing research, ask the experts. Don’t hinder yourself from becoming that child who keeps on asking why: Why are we using this method? Why is this better? Does it really make things easier for us? What didn’t work with the previous method? Why was it changed?

If you keep asking,  it’ll get you more interested and invested in the topic.

Think about the Big Picture

Curious people don’t only look at what’s missing in them. They try their best to know everything about their field. They look at the bigger picture from many points of view. 

Look at your work field as the employee you are right now, then try looking from the perspective of your co-workers. Continue doing this until you have seen the 360 degree point of view in your work field. Having seen all the angles, something might have piqued your curiosity. When that happens, grab the opportunity to work towards it. Don’t think as if you already know what to do or how to do the job. Observe, and ask so you can work your way up to the position you are aiming for.

When we look at things in a different perspective, there’s a better chance of learning more about it. Force yourself to be curious by forgetting about your hesitations, observe and ask questions, and work your way towards your goals. Eventually, you’ll be the next one everyone looks up to.

Transitioning To Long Term Success

Pete Chatmon, American film and TV director, explained how humility keeps successful people’s feet on the ground by sharing their experiences and expertise with others. He also mentioned that to achieve long-term success, you’ll need curiosity that’ll pique your interest, and discipline that’ll make sure you get to your goals. It’s just that the hardest part is to stay humble despite all the achievements.
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