Curiosity: The Inspiration That Drives Humanity

Curiosity is the bedrock of technological advancement. Asking the question "why?" has led humanity to all the practical luxuries that we enjoy today. One common trait of all successful entrepreneurs is that they found a problem that didn't have a viable solution too. Then commercial and financial success followed. If necessity is the mother of invention, then curiosity is the father.

Success Stemming From Curiosity

Two of the most successful entrepreneurs who built financial empires are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Both Buffet and Gates are motivated by the same passionate desire to learn. Buffet and Gates enjoy a long enduring friendship with started back in 1991. At the advent of their relationship, Gates' dad asked the two men what they felt their most important quality was. They each had the same answer: curiosity.Being curious is "an amazing thing," says Gates, "where you try to predict what is going to happen, and then, when it doesn't, you think: Well, that drug didn't get invented, that stock didn't go up, that approach wasn't popular. What is it about my model of the world that's wrong? Who could I talk to? What could I read?"Similarly, Buffett has also always been a reader. A Columbia alumni, he said he lived his college days in the school library. Today, at 86, Buffett says he reads between five and six hours a day and particularly loves biographies. "You can't get enough of reading," says Buffett.Both men educate themselves continuously to satiate their curiosity.

Capacity of Curiosity

According to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), a person's curiosity can be as important as their IQ. HBR defines a person's curiosity as a "curiosity quotient" or CQ. The importance of CQ stems from the idea that highly curious people are more tolerant of ambiguity and tend to get more intellectually invested in learning more things. Therefore, this quest for knowledge is an important characteristic to possess in a complex modern world. A world filled to the brim with data that even the highest IQ could barely hope to scratch the surface. The HBR also points out that, as opposed to the difficulty involved in raising your intelligence, it's relatively easy to train yourself to be more curious.Many organizations are attempting to inspire the next generation to be more curious. For example, the nonprofit Driskill Foundation aims to jump-start that process by funding curiosity-centered educational programs for school-age kids. Consequently, such efforts will help children foster a love for learning and a desire to seek answers to the many "why?" questions.So let curiosity drive you. It will make you accomplish things that you never thought possible. Need more evidence? One of the greatest minds ever to grace this planet, Albert Einstein, contends curiosity got him further than intelligence ever did. He once said "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."