How to Cultivate Curiosity
Lifelong learning is the practice of continuing education throughout one’s life. And fostering curiosity through lifelong learning has plenty of benefits. From personal development to professional improvement, having a lifelong learning mindset is a great tool for overall personal wellness. So dust off your thinking cap for 3 ways you can cultivate a curious mindset with lifelong learning.
Having a lifelong learner mindset is important in implementing lifelong learning into your everyday life. Lifelong learning calls for a lot of analysis, both self-analysis and analysis of your environment. Learn to analyze yourself and determine your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t settle for not knowing. And always stay inquisitive of even the most mundane things.
Learn to change opinions based on new evidence. It’s easy to fall for confirmation bias and be stuck in your way of thinking. So this is where self-analysis can come in handy. Analytical thinking also leads to being open to asking questions. Which leads me to my next point..
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Children are great examples of lifelong learners because everyone knows they love to ask questions. And from an adult’s perspective, one might see their questions as silly or meaningless. But it’s more of the mindset children have rather than the questions they ask. Unfortunately, children’s innate curiosity is often times lost after childhood. But if you want to be a lifelong learner you’re going to have to bring that curiosity back.
So take a page from their book and start asking questions. If you have a question that pops into your head, ask it. Ask a friend, pick up a book, or utilize Google for even the most silly of questions.
Be mindful of the content you consume
Allocate some of your media consumption to something educational. This could be listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, or reading (we’ll get to that in a second). It’s of course okay to consume media that has nothing to do with being educational. But you’ll be surprised by how much media is out there that is both educational and entertaining.
Reading is a great example of this. But don’t worry, you don’t just have to read nonfiction to see the benefits. Side note: nonfiction can be just as exciting as fiction. (Learn how you can start reading nonfiction here.)
An example of this is a Harvard Business Review article that states that reading fiction can help foster empathy, theory of mind, and critical thinking. Three great tools to have as a lifelong learner.
Cultivating curiosity improves overall wellness and personal development. And now that you know 3 ways you can foster your curiosity, you’re on a great path to becoming a lifelong learner.
In what ways do you implement lifelong learning into your everyday life? Share your thoughts below.