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“I seek out situations where I gain new experiences without getting in my own or other people’s way.”
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Curiosity?
To be curious is to explore and discover, to take an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake. Curiosity is often described as novelty-seeking and being open to experience, and it’s associated with the natural desire to build knowledge. It is fulfilling to journey toward an answer, to engage in a new experience, or to learn a new fact. To go to a new restaurant, visit a new city, meet a new person in your class, or to conduct an online search for a question can each fulfill your quest for new experiences and new information.
There are two key components to curious individuals: They are interested in exploring new ideas, activities and experiences, and they also have a strong desire to increase their own personal knowledge.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used curiosity in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of curiosity in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Consider an activity you dislike. Pay attention to 3 novel features of this activity while you do it.
- Practice active curiosity and explore your current environment, paying attention to anything you may often ignore or take for granted.
- Try asking “why?” more often on your team or with your subordinates and supervisors to express more curiosity at work. Don’t take what you’re told at face value if it doesn’t make complete sense to you.