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How to Cultivate a Curious Mind

Leaders have a thirst for knowledge, a desire to learn and experience more. This curiosity leads to more interest in life, ideas, people, experiences, events, etc. It’s also directly linked to the imagination and creativity. All three explore territory and expand possibilities beyond the ordinary. Curiosity begins with more questions than the ordinary, the imagination begins with more options than the ordinary, and creativity brings more solutions than the ordinary. When you can combine these three together, you have extraordinary! Who doesn’t want to be an extraordinary leader? If you are not a curious person by nature, you may be wondering if there are ways to tap into that side of yourself. Well lucky for you, there are! 

  • Have a Beginner’s Mindset

A beginner does not have previous experience nor knowledge. They do not have any image to uphold. A beginner simply wants to learn and ask questions until they do so. Beginners are all about learning more rather than trying to look good.

  • Learn Something New Everyday

Always seize opportunities to learn and grow. Whether that’s reading influential books or learning a new language. When you are constantly learning, you are training your mind to be more curious. 

  • Make Failure Your Friend

By partaking in the fruit of failure, you’ll gain far more knowledge and experiences than  you had before. There’s no reason to fear it as failure is simply learning by doing. The more you fail, the more you learn and are able to expand your outlook on life. 

  • Stop Looking for the Right Answer

There’s always more than one answer. To buy into “the only right answer” is to stop the search for more and better ones. The right answer, or the best one, can always become better. 


When you achieve a curious mind and consistently seek to learn and try new experiences, you are becoming a more effective and extraordinary leader. No one wants to listen to someone who doesn’t care about the experiences and the people they’re surrounded by. So make the choice to understand, to try, to fail, to learn, to grow, to be curious. 

This article was written by Ron Nursey who is a member of the John Maxwell leadership team. If you are interested in growing yourself and your business please reach out to me in an email at RonCNursey@gmail.com.

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