This article was written by guest authors Rachel Hentsch & Sally Coldrick from InfinityFoundry.
What is the innermost power that drives us to explore, discover and learn? We are all born with it, yet early on we are often taught to restrain, or even stifle it. Its name is Curiosity, and it is the birth gift of every child and newborn living creature.
Young children are naturally inclined to investigate and experiment— before their experience is tainted by reprimand, negative outcomes, and ultimately, compounded prejudice. As an entrepreneur, being curious and asking a thousand questions will naturally make you more open to change, growth and expansion. Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and really anyone in business needs to rediscover the roots of their inner curiosity to keep asking, tirelessly, in order to stay tuned to what really matters, and build with a view to creating relevant impact.
So how can curiosity be rediscovered and cultivated? You need to make a conscious effort to recognise the signs of your curiosity when they arise, and then be brave and make a deliberate choice to act upon your spontaneous impulse, before it gets smothered by the acquired habit of removal. When was the last time you wanted to ask a question, but didn’t feel comfortable doing so, or got distracted? What did you miss out by not asking? What opportunities may have slipped by, out of apprehension, embarrassment, or possibly sheer laziness?
Leaning into your curiosity takes courage. Making a choice to act on your curiosity when it arises means getting brave and stepping out of your normal and “safe” pattern of behaviour. Brené Brown, in her book “Rising Strong”, writes: “choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable, because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty.”
Once you reawaken your appetite for curiosity, you will never stop learning, and you will rediscover the joy of expanding your knowledge and reach over the world. Curiosity has the power to make us reach far beyond our perceived limits. Run, don’t walk out of your comfort zone!
Curiosity took Sally from Australia and Rachel from Italy, and “collided” them in South Korea at the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. It further took them to Boston to attend the Teacher’s Bootcamp in the same program. Then curiosity led them to build a business and create online courses to share their discoveries with the world. Take their free mini course The Curiosity Challenge if you feel ready to unleash the limitless power of your own curiosity.
photo credit: Gabby Orcutt