Constant Curiosity

I attended a leadership seminar at NDSU today.  The gentleman presenting the workshop stated that constant curiosity was a characteristic of successful people and a hallmark of good leaders.  Whew!  What a relief!  

In the past I wondered if my constant curiosity was a curse.  I know that others have at times viewed it as a nuisance (particularly my children).  The fact that I have a dozen questions about everything and another half  dozen questions for every answer to every question can drive the more focused folks around me quite mad.  As for me – I am genuinely curious about things and when I observe or note something I want to ask about it.  Indeed, some of the most interesting things I know were the result of my constant curiosity.

At the presentation today I had an opportunity to chat with one of the faculty members at my table who does costume design at NDSU and I learned many fascinating pieces of information that I stored away in nooks and crannies in my brain.  I also learned information from the other folks at my table about their career fields and experiences that I likewise stored.  I sometimes think folks must believe me to be a shut-in.  I engage folks in prolonged conversations and always have another curiosity that I think leads them to believe that I don’t get out and see other human beings much.  But I do…I just find each and every one fascinating…which helps you to understand why I had begun to believe that constant curiosity was a curse

When I go to trade shows where they have aisles and aisles of booths my friends typically move forward without me because I always have at least a few curiosities I want to satisfy.  My daughter Sarah says my constant curiosity is the reason I would fail as a waitress (which has long been a job I have wanted to try, but haven’t had the opportunity to yet).  Sarah reminds me that waitresses have mastered a level of quickie conversation that is outside my reach.  I think that is probably a fair assessment.  I probably wouldn’t survive an entire shift without being fired.

But as of today, I know that my constant curiosity isn’t a personal failing.  Now I know it is the key to my success and leadership skills.  Of course I have some questions about how exactly one remains constantly curious without being overly annoying…but, I think I’ll save those questions for later – after my huge success and leadership recognition. ;-)

Day six hundred and ninety-one of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to Constant Curiosity

  1. Mitch Owen says:

    I just found your post.. Ironically a year after my visit to NDSU. I am glad that my presentation prompted your post and I salute you for being constantly curious! Hope all is well! Mitch

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