Ways To Build Your Curiosity

Everything in life is a skill and curiosity is no different. While many buy into the idea that we’re allocated a fixed amount, the reality is that everyone is blessed with ample curiosity to span many lifetimes. The key is using it.

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Curiosity needs to be nurtured, if you don’t care for it, if you don’t use it regularly, it will wither away. The more curious you are, the better you become at being curious. You have to be curious to become curious.

Here are 3 ways to rediscover your curious nature.

1. Ask More Questions
More often than not we’re focused on finding answers rather than thinking about questions, but questions are one of the most powerful tools for engaging your curiosity.

Asking questions essentially primes your curiosity, making you alert to new ideas and perspectives that would otherwise be overlooked.

Asking questions, even stupid ones, is an easy way to kick start your curiosity.

2. Consume Everything
There is something to be said about breadth. You never know what you might like and if you don’t expose yourself to a wide range of ideas, you’re going to miss out on a lot.

Perhaps you love spy novels or NPR or technology, but exploring other domains and areas of knowledge will expand your perspective. The wider your knowledge, the more connections you form and the sharper your curiosity becomes.

No matter how you consume, from podcasts to books, make an effort to go beyond your comfort zone and explore the new.

3. Be Patient
Whenever we’re experiencing the new, we’re often quick to judge. We instantly form an opinion and that shapes the rest of our experience.

Instead, if we can hold off on our judgement and practice patience, we can find value when before we thought there was none.