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