Spark the Fire of Your Curiosity

By Randall Orser | Small Business

At a small businesses core is its owners’ curiosity. Finding new solutions to an existing problem, or simply find how something works, or why is something the way it is, and this ambition is what takes your business to greater heights. Do you have to be born with curiosity? Probably doesn’t hurt, however, you can spark your curiosity with the following four ideas.

Ask Questions

The heart of any curious person burns with questions. Look at a toddler, constantly asking ‘why?’. They want to know all the who, what, where, why, and how of things. You don’t want to be as annoying as the toddler in your questioning, however, if you want to spark curiosity you need to ask questions. Don’t stop once you get an answer. Now’s the time to figure out why it’s the way it is, and if there are other, maybe better, options. Analyze all that relates to that question.

Best of all, it’s free. While you’re trying to ascertain why certain best practices are the way they are, you get a better understanding, however, you may just bring about some insights. That insight could direct you towards other avenues that other business people didn’t see.

Expand Your Horizons

Many people often limit themselves because of their background. This influences what they think about as well as what paths they see as favourable. Some businesses will hire people from assorted backgrounds in order to get the greatest value off brainstorming sessions. You can get massive value when you have people of differing lines of thinking.

You can do this for yourself by broadening your mental horizons. One great way to do this is to travel, as experience different cultures pushes your mind to think differently. Do something different every day. Break the patterns your brain falls into.

Always be Learning

It’s great that your curious about stuff. It’s even fine that you want to know about things you don’t know but other people are doing, is good, although it’s not very efficient. Your curiosity should lead to many new things as possible, and the best way to do that is always be learning.

Whatever industry you’re in, read as much as you can about it. Go after those things that interest you to their logical conclusion. That thing doesn’t even have to be related to your work. Browsing the shelves of your local library can light your way to interesting topics. Always be learning gives you more chances for your curiosity and genius to spark.

Reassess Your Plans and Strategies

Many small business owners lose their curiosity because they adhere to their plans too strictly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your plans keep you grounded and focused, however, like many things you can take it much too far.

Why are your plans the way they are? Those plans were created using knowledge you had at the time. More than likely that knowledge has grown and changed since then. Reassessing your plans can spark something in your mind because you know more. Not only are you keeping your curiosity alive, but you get stronger plans overall.

To always be learning may not always be fun. However, knowing things is both fun and productive. This can lead business owners to concentrate only on things they know as it’s usually a positive experience. You must embrace the unknown in order for your curiosity spark to remain alive.


About the Author

President/CEO Number Crunchers® Accounting Inc. Learn how to just say stuff it to this bookkeeping thing with our 'Just Say: "Stuff It" To Bookkeeping program.