I had all kinds of things that I wanted to ask him, but I didn’t want to seem like a groupie, or to ask him dumb questions that he gets asked all the time. But all of a sudden we are standing and looking at each other. Next thing I know, he is shaking my hand and firing off a pile of questions at me, about what I do. I didn’t get time to ask him anything because he wanted to know all about me and what I do as an author, as an entrepreneur, as a speaker (and who I flew with).
At the end of this whirlwind conversation which ended as quickly as it started, and as he was being whisked away by his minders, he looked me in the eye and said “sorry to ask so many questions it’s just that I’m curious about everything and everyone.” And I realized that was his greatest attribute. He was genuinely curious about everything and everyone and this state of mind creates an incredible awareness on every level.
Being curious is a skill. I’m pretty certain that when I was 15 I was focused on myself and the calamities and unfairness of my world. But as I grew older, I was surrounded by people who were curious about life and our conversations were thought provoking to say the least. I started to work with entrepreneurs and business owners from a young age, and these people’s curiosity manifested with solutions for certain problems and opportunities that their curiosity identified.
The more we use our curiosity, the more we discover the world around us, the people around us and of course ourselves. If I was to be asked what my greatest skill is and what is the one thing that has helped me to be successful, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, because it is most certainly my curiosity.
The reality is that the better we know ourselves, and the more we grow as a human being the more successful we will become in whatever we do. If you’re not a naturally curious person, there is no reason at all why you can’t learn to be one, it starts with the desire to be a better version of yourself.
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