(Issue #506) Thoughts About Curiosity

Where can you ask, “What if?” How can you allow “yes, and”
to help you grow? Imagine what you can do.

Walt Disney reportedly said, “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

Curiosity allows us to adopt a fluid and creative state of mind.

Perhaps we can think of curiosity as a state of purpose. It involves intention and why we do what we do. It is a way of life.

Think of all that you have discovered because of curiosity.  A new hobby. A renewed direction. A change in career. A change in residence. A relationship. A change, period.

When we embrace weak signals, we ask what could be.

Photo taken in San Francisco, CA.

When we are curious we foster a longing, desire, motivation, wish, yearning, eagerness, sense of risk, and we question.

Curious people embrace the Improv principle of “Yes, And.”

Curious people ask, “What if?”

Curiosity can lead to improvement, growth, interest, development, depth. We leave ourselves vulnerable to what may be.  Limiting or stifling curiosity may keep us on auto pilot, opting to remain safe, inflexible, and stagnate.

A quote attributed to Mark Twain reminds us what happens if we do not question (do not become curious about) our fears and anxieties: “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

Of course, curiosity can take on negative connotations. Think nosy, pushy, intrusive, unfeeling, prying, or rude, in the name of curiosity. In those cases, curiosity might just kill the cat.

But let’s focus on the positives.

In what one area of your life can a sense of authentic curiosity help you grow or at the least, explore some pretty interesting things? Things you may be cutting yourself off from by not asking questions; by not exploring a deeper understanding.

Where can you ask, “What if?” How can you allow “yes, and” to help you grow?

Imagine what you can do.

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Imagine the possibilities!                                                                                                                 

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Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

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In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
  • Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

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The Growth and Resilience Network®



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2 Responses to (Issue #506) Thoughts About Curiosity

  1. marianbeaman says:

    I’ve always wondered if/how curiosity is related to intelligence. Curious people seem smart to me – ha!


  2. Pingback: (Issue #553) A Blogger’s Retrospective for 2020 | The Growth and Resilience Network®

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