Stimulate curiosity - Don't just Google it
Stimulate curiosity - Why you shouldn't always just 'Google it'
We are all born curious, but do we stay curious?
Why becoming more curious will help us to become better at our jobs
- Less susceptible to confirmation bias, making it unlikely that we’ll seek out opinions similar to our own and therefore let go of our long-held assumptions and preconceptions
- More creative and innovative in both our thinking and output
- Increasingly adaptable and able to make difficult decisions more easily, especially during times of crisis
- Increasingly adept at remembering new information, even if that information isn’t relevant to what we were initially curious about
- Better at developing stronger relationships with others – in fact, during social encounters, curious people are seen as more interesting and engaging
- More mentally active – your mind is a muscle and the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes it stronger and stronger
- Better at dealing with negative situations or rejection
- And, interestingly, more future-proofed against the machines, as Spencer Harrison, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD explains in his TedX Talk, “Curiosity gives us the edge over machines – machines will never ask why”.
The link between curiosity and learning
“Why?” should become your favourite question
It’s OK to not have all the answers or to fail sometimes
Try doing things you don’t know how to do
- Write down what you’re curious about and what you want to learn – writing things down makes your goals feel more real
- Add a deadline or target - this will create some urgency around what you want to do
- Create accountability by letting friends and family know what you intend to learn
- Understand that part of the learning process is failing – change your mindset to realise that if you’re failing, then you’re growing as an individual. And this brings me on to my next point…
That's why not to automatically just 'Google it'
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About the author
Alistair Cox - CEO Hays
Alistair has been the CEO of Hays, plc since Sept. 2007. An aeronautical engineer by training (University of Salford, UK, 1982), Alistair commenced his career at British Aerospace in the military aircraft division. From 1983-1988, he worked Schlumberger filling a number of field and research roles in the Oil & Gas Industry in both Europe and North America. In 2002, Alistair returned to the UK as CEO of Xansa, a UK based IT services and back-office processing organisation. During his 5 year tenure at Xansa, he re-focused the organisation to create a UK leading provider of back-office services across both the Public and Private sector and built one of the strongest offshore operations in the sector with over 6,000 people based in India.
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