As Albert Einstein famously said: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
Curiosity isn't just a word to describe a childhood book character or to explain what happened to a cat. Curiosity makes our brains stronger, reinforces, and motivates a mind to learn and can build confidence regardless of age. Curiosity is the key to creating a passionately curious, creative, and confident next generation.
Keys to Curiosity
Key 1: Observe
- Become an observer and wonderer
- "Ask Why?"
- Be Aware of your surroundings
Key 2: Develop
- An openness to novel experiences and ideas.
- Engage with and communicate with an open, friendly environment.
- Enable people to think critically, to express their thoughts, and to formulate their ideas
Key 3: Value
- The pursuit of knowledge
- The search for knowledge for self-interest is a tool for persons to pursue together with their academic studies, as well as during personal exploration.
Key 4: Build
- Research competency
- The investigation into and study of materials and sources to establish facts and reach new conclusions
Key 5: Seek
Pursue persons of expertise and recognize peers' expertise
Peer-to-peer mentoring is one of the successful tools in igniting curiosity in both mentors and mentoring.
- Peer-to-peer mentoring cannot only provide knowledge but emotional support
Key 6: Challenge
- Conventional thinking
- The ability to live within the world and view problems and questions from different vantage points is what spurs curiosities forward.
- Asking why and taking the time to look at your world and see it through your eyes, and others is how curiosity becomes the key to breakthrough creativity.
Key 7: Illustrate
- Self-efficacy or confidence is nurtured and developed through life’s experiences.
- You may have the ability, knowledge, and talent to do something but lack confidence.
- Confidence can be ignited by the encouragement and guidance from peers, educators, and your sense of self. (your own self-image)
Key 8: Reinforce
- Intrinsic motivation and self-determination.
- Intrinsic motivation is defined as performing an action or behavior because you enjoy the activity itself.
- Self-determination is the freedom to live as one chooses or to act or decide without consulting another or others.
Key 9: Teamwork
- Teamwork and interpersonal skill are valuable problem-solving skills and builds defining character traits.
- Learn to cooperate with others.
- Interpersonal skills help build the ability to effectively communicate with others. They encourage understanding and compassion and help to build relationships with peers and adults.
Key 10: Practice
- Practice growth mindset" and resiliency
- The belief that you are in control of your own ability and can learn and improve is the key to success.
- Hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny.