I’ve always tried to be as inquisitive as possible. Curiosity drives us to explore, learn and grow. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of research that suggests that by being curious, we can also be more empathetic.
For me, empathy is a key trait for entrepreneurs and leaders. It’s also one that I strongly believe we can nurture by exploring our curious side. Research by Berkley University has shown that “when we are curious about others and talk to people outside our social circle, we become better able to understand those with lives, experiences and worldview different than our own.”
Another study conducted by the University of Buffalo found that people were rated as being warmer and more attractive if they showed curiosity in an exchange. It implied that demonstrating curiosity towards someone is a great way to build relationships. Earlier this year I talked about how I tap into my curious side and I wanted to add in one more tip.
Tip: Talk to people, not Google.
I’m an avid fan and user of Google search. However, curiosity occurs when we interact with others. People trigger thoughts and actions that inspire our own curiosity, so lets take advantage of the opportunity. Make time to talk, questions, watch and listen to those around you.
We already knew that the urge to explore helps us to remain vigilant and gain knowledge about our constantly changing environment. I have found it fascinating to make the link between curiosity and human relationships. As an entrepreneur, the ability to quickly develop relationships is a key skill to master.
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