“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
In the coaching profession we have a guiding principle that suggests we approach things with an attitude of curiosity. I have found that it is a great tool when I work with clients — not only for them to adopt as they take a look at their life but for me as well. Why is being curious so important?
Before I answer that by giving you some real life scenarios, I’d like to look at what curious means with the help of the Roget’s Thesaurus.
Curious: interest, thirst for knowledge, inquiring, a desire to learn
And the antonym of curious? Indifference. Ugh, sounds like a bad way to go through life right there.
Indifference: lack of interest, coldness, apathy, dispassionate.
Now first, let me say that there is room in our lives to be both. And, quite frankly we are all curious and indifferent at one time or another. What I’m talking about here though is overall — how do you navigate your life?