5 Things: Be Curious!

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

This morning I attended the first meeting of the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network. (More to come on this super-group!) This was the kickoff for the Mentorship Program. The speaker, Robin Perry, Vice President Learning & Development at Bishop House spoke to an underlying theme of curiosity. As I sat there with my mentee, my mind began to race, and I thought let’s discuss 5 things/reasons for curiosity:

  1. It allows us to be exposed to perhaps a weakness or lack of knowledge without judgment. Asking someone a question is never wrong. It is a win-win for the expert giving the answer and to the questioner learning from the response.
  2. Curiosity killed the cat? I don’t believe that! I think that cat had other issues. Curiosity is good. Repeat it a few times, ”Curiosity is good.” It gets easier.
  3. Curiosity allows you to learn. The book, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, by Ian Leslie, speaks to the question of curiosity. I don’t want to be a spoiler so check it out. It’s a good read.
  4. As someone who is asked a lot of questions on a daily basis, I respect curiosity. Long since the days when my young children asked me 1000 times ‘Mom, why is….” Now I get to flex my life muscles as the questions become more complex, like, “Mom, how do I make lasagna?”
  5. Please don’t judge, squelch, or discourage curiosity. I hope my young mentee Allyson asks me 1000 questions and I can ask her 1000 back. Hey, she already shared her favorite Podcasts with me. I learned something new today.

Be curious. I know the internet allows us 24/7/365 answers to our most burning questions but let’s not totally remove the human factor. Meet someone for coffee, join a book club or fitness group and let’s spread our wings and open our minds a little.

And if this sparked your curiosity, check out Tech Valley Young Professionals and get involved!

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If you have not signed up for the January 29th event, Successfully Managing Change in the Workplace, sign up here.  There is a great line-up of speakers.

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