Curiosity killed the cat. Do you remember this saying from when you were a child, it was right there along with other popular says like, “children are to be seen and not heard.” I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine raising my children without a healthy dose of curiosity, conversation and imagination. I also cannot imagine growing my business or keeping my own life fun and creative without curiosity!
What is a BE-Attitude? Read the first installment in this series here.
Take a page from the lesson book of any three-year-old and cultivate curiosity. How do you think Da Vinci, Einstein and Edison accomplished so much? They approached life with a vivid imagination and one powerful question: WHY? Many of you have heard how many times Edison failed before creating the first light bulb. Hundreds of times! He never saw these instances as failures, he just asked more questions and learned what didn't work, so he could try again to figure out what would work.
Parents can be exhausted by their children's relentless asking of the question WHY but it's how we learn, it's where we find inspiration, it's where change and creative ideas originate. As adults, we are embarrassed, afraid or just bored and we forget to ask WHY with that wonderful sense of urgency and wonder of a three-year-old. The next time you have a problem to solve or sit down with a prospective client, ask WHY! You will be amazed at the results!
I have found that being genuinely interested and curious in my clients has helped to quickly close sales but it has also helped me to develop long-term relationships and some amazing friendships along the way. Are you actively taking the time to get to know the people you already work with or want to work with?
Practical Action Step: Go learn something new that has nothing to do with your business. What are you curious about? Do some research, read a few articles or a book. You don't have to become an expert, just explore something different. Take an art class, cooking class, belly dancing class or go to the zoo, it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and seeing life through the eyes of a three year old again. Remember, it is NOT about the outcome but about the process of enjoying the moment and learning to be a beginner again.
One of the things that happened to me to open my creative juices last year was the discovery of Zentangle, a fun, meditative form of doodling. It has sparked so much fun and creative inspiration that I didn’t even realize was missing from my life. You can see an example of my doodling here.