Curiosity: 5 Powerful Questions You Can Ask Today

The opposite of curiosity is apathy.

You don’t need to be smart to be curious, but asking questions makes you smart. If curiosity is for children, give us more children.

Transformation begins with a question.

Curiosity is easy. Make fewer statements. Ask more questions. Image of a light bulb.

5 symptoms of lost curiosity:

  1. Stress increases. Curious people find answers. People who know defend answers.
  2. Brains shrivel. Your brain needs exercise just like your muscles. Asking questions strengthens your brain.
  3. Satisfaction declines. “I wonder if,” makes you pay attention.
  4. Stagnation takes root. In a turbulent world, lack of curiosity defeats you.
  5. Opportunities go elsewhere. “Could we…,” is a beginning.

5 advantages of curiosity:

#1. Self-discovery.

Be curious about yourself. Know what makes you tick so you can bring your best. Mindlessly working is dissatisfying.

#2. Relationships.

Curiosity about people enables connection. Some people protect themselves with walls, but gentle questions break barriers.

#3. Resilience.

You learn from failure when you notice what went wrong. When you learn from failure the future is brighter.

#4. Collaboration.

Inquiry is the foundation of collaboration.

  1. How might we work together?
  2. What opportunities can we seize together that we can’t alone?
  3. How can we support each other?

#5. Playfulness.

Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of “The National Institute for Play”, states, “Not only does having a playful atmosphere attract young talent, but experts say play at work can boost creativity and productivity in people of all ages.”

Respond to questions - Never pride yourselves on teaching a great number of things. Rest content to rouse curiosity. Image of curious cats.

Curious people:

  1. Make better decisions than know-it-alls.
  2. Explore.
  3. Ask open questions.
  4. Find solutions. You might not solve everything, but curiosity drives solution-finding.

5 Simple questions you can ask today:

  1. What if?
  2. What else?
  3. How could we?
  4. What about?
  5. What’s next?

How could you be curious today?

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