Secret 4: Cultivate Curiosity

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 Raise the Bar Academy“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

Mike Rowe, the host of the TV show “Dirty Jobs” asserts that a key trait of successful entrepreneurs is curiosity. It is the foundation for learning new skills and versatility and is the seed for innovation.

Curiosity is the lifeblood for finding new opportunities.  What piques your curiosity?

Do you spend time in “what if?” reflection – contemplating how to do things differently; how to bring more value to your customers? Do you read articles that inspire you to dream?

Reading and reflection feed curiosity. Renowned psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers says, “Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” When you are contemplating pursuing an opportunity for your business do you listen to what your gut is telling you?

Listening nurtures curiosity. We know all about active listening and paraphrasing; but all too often we listen with an ear toward picking up what we already know to be true. Validating what we already know does not increase our knowledge base. Truly curious entrepreneurs listen for what they don’t already know. Practice this. As you hear what you already know, let it roll on by and listen for what is new to you. Could there be the seed of an opportunity lurking that you might be able to take advantage of?

As we listen for what we don’t know, we can pose questions to learn more. But too often we don’t get the information we want, because we don’t ask the question we want answered. We may be fearful of looking inept; we may be lacking confidence in our own voice. If there is a question you want the answer to, ask the question. Being curious enough to ask the question exudes both confidence and competence.

Try this exercise:

The the question I cannot get out of my head:______________________________________

The step I will take today to find the answer: ______________________________________

 

BE STRONG: Listen for what you don’t already know.
BE COURAGEOUS: Ask the question you want answered.
BE BOLD: Dare to Dream.

 

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