The Secret Ingredient
If there's one secret ingredient that separates the successful from the unsuccessful, the innovative from the unimaginative, the forward thinker from someone who accepts the status quo, or leaders from followers, it is curiosity. It is the curious thinker that will push us forward as a society. It is the curious thinker that will solve today's problems for customers or clients, and with a new spin that enables both parties to be successful. If you're not curious then you're not asking yourself questions. If you're not asking yourself questions, then it means you're satisfied with status quo.
In this digital age and the progressive world we live in, those that are satisfied with status quo will perish. It is hard to be an expert today when everything is changing so quickly. In the blink of an eye what was a trend or hot yesterday, is cold, off the boil and replaced by something new. In fact, clients don't need or want experts, they want curiosity and problem solving from their suppliers. It's only the curious mind that finishes the job and automatically starts to think about the next thing. It is only the curious mind that is looking one, two or five years into the future of your industry to ponder where the industry will be. It's only the curious mind that takes a leading brand or organisation and constantly pulls it apart to find the next great idea in administration, technology, sales, finance, logistics, supply or fullfillment.
One of the most important traits of any creative thinker is curiosity. It was what made Albert Einstein the creative genius we all admire. It's also what makes political leaders, religious heads, the best mums and most successful CEO's great. If you, your company or organisation simply want to be good, then stop asking questions. However, if you want to be truly outstanding, then develop a curious mind. Don't settle for the status quo, but think how you could be different tomorrow.