My best advice for young people interested in pursuing a career in the sciences is to never lose your curiosity. Because curiosity, once lost, is difficult to reinvigorate — difficult, but not impossible. So, if you’re curiosity’s a little rusty, here are five ways to re-engage with it.
- Ask Questions
Questions are not just the byproduct of a curious mind, but also the root of curiosity. Even if you’re not curious, just the act of asking questions builds your curiosity muscle. Ask questions about anything and everything. When participating in a conversation, don’t be thinking of how to interject or respond, just listen to the person talking. Reaching answers or diagnoses too quickly dampens the inquiry process.
Read voraciously. Read up on all kinds of subjects. Read different periodicals. Expand your world by reading periodicals you normally wouldn’t read. Consume this information either in print, digital or video/audio form. The more you learn, the more you want to know. It also makes you a far more interesting person to be around.
- Don’t Judge
When we judge people and situations, we reach conclusions which cloud our experiences. Watch what happens around you; experience it. Don’t judge it.
- Engage an Expert
Engaging with an expert in her/his field can give you a deeper experience into things you probably didn’t even know existed. Whether it’s a nature walk or a trip to a museum, an expert can teach you how to look at things in a whole new way.
- Search for Mysteries, Rather than Puzzles
The fifth one I got from Aly Juma’s blog, alyjuma.com (I don’t know if I’m pronouncing it correctly.). I love this one. He says to search for mysteries, rather than puzzles. Why? Because puzzles have answers, whereas mysteries are the great unknowns of life.
“A mystery never stops inviting inquiry and so it never stops being a source for curiosity,” Aly Juma.
In other words, mysteries lead you to more questions. Answers end the inquiry altogether.
Try one or all of these techniques to coax curiosity back into your life. And be sure to comment to add any of your favorite curiosity-building techniques.
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