This article is a small survival guide for curious people. When we consider the fact that an average 4 years old kid asks nearly 300 questions per day it tell us that kids in general observe and analyze much more than we adults do. Why?
As we grow up our level of curiosity definitely decreases. But why? Maybe because we were unconsciously pressured by our surrounding to become less curious? Lets see what some famous smart people said about curiosity.
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds of humanity stated that “The important thing is to never stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
Edmund Burke said: ”The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.”
Joseph Addison said: ”Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.”
William Arthur Ward said: ”Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”
I can go on, and on, there are endless quotes regarding curiosity. In my opinion people should never stop being curious, because curiosity make us smarter. Unfortunately in nowadays society curiosity is associated with weakness. Especially at the workplace even though multiple studies and so many smart people said that curious people are a positive asset in society.
If you are a curious person, people might consider you rude or annoying. Especially if you ask too many questions at the workplace. Through my personal experience as a new employee at workplaces I was constantly in a great danger to lose my job either because I was asking questions, or because I didn’t. Why?
Simply, because if you ask a lot of questions regarding your tasks, obligations and work procedures they will definitely consider you as stupid, annoying and inexperienced. It is totally ridiculous. Even though you have some working experience elsewhere, different companies use to have different procedures, software and way of working. From the other side, if you don’t ask, but you have no clue what you are supposed to do, since you are not properly trained, it is very much possible that you are going to make mistakes that will probably make you fired very soon. So, how can we achieve the balance? What are we supposed to do?
Well, I believe that we should definitely keep learning, asking and continue to be curious about everything. I would rather ask how and why if I don’t know how or what I am supposed to do. Even if they fire me for asking and even if they consider me annoying, stupid and inexperienced. I would feel as a winner at the end anyway. Why?
Because thanks to my curiosity I am learning something new every day. In general, as a person I am always striving to better myself as much as I can. If people from my surrounding find that annoying, it is their problem, not mine. Thanks to all those curious people through the history of humanity the greatest developments in every science were achieved, and it continues to thrive. If you are a curious person, please don’t let anybody from your environment to shut down your natural curiosity.
Often your superiors at the workplace might not be curious about the things you are, because it is not in their nature or they simply don’t care. They probably don’t even have the answers for your questions. Unfortunately people nowadays find it hard to admit that they don’t know something, especially to someone who is lower than them in hierarchy at the workplace.
So, the next time when you get fired, or your contract is not renewed and you are asking yourself why it happened, the answer is very simple. The reason why is the word ”why” itself. Either you was using the word ”why” too much or you didn’t use it enough.
Therefore on your next job interview when you got a chance to ask your future employer a question, ask them if they consider themselves as a factory or as a lab. You gonna left your interviewers speechless, trust me. They will definitely ask you what did you meant by that.
Tell them that you are looking forward to work for the company that is open for innovations, new ideas, curiosity, creativity, research, experiments and analysis in general. Tell them that you are not interested to work in a factory, where you are forced to work as a robot without ability to question or develop any of the established working procedures.
If you get the job after that interview, you can be sure that they are really keen to welcome and accept a curious person as you are in their environment. Since you were honest and you admitted your curiosity nature from the beginning you might be better understood at your future workplace and finally keep that dream job of yours. Don’t be afraid to show your real self to others. If they don’t accept you for who you are, they don’t deserve to have you. If you are not allowed to be yourself at the workplace, there is no way you can ever feel fulfilled. There is no success without fulfillment. And as Tony Robins often say “Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure”.
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