doing things differently or waitinglonger for success. “Failure is an uglyword and no one likes it, but you haveto be able to overcome failures to builda stronger mind and personality.”
Where curiosity fits in the workingworld
Curiosity can often be predicted by apersonality trait known as opennessto experience, says Derek Chapman,an associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology at theUniversity of Calgary.
Those with a high level of opennessto experience want to know whythings work the way they do. Theyenjoy reading, sciences and socialsciences. Those with a low level likeconcrete things and dealing with thefamiliar.
“The natural skill that accompanies
curiosity is cognitive ability or
intelligence,” says Chapman, a human
resources expert. “Individuals higher
in cognitive ability are able to see more
relationships among things in their
environment and problem solve using
But not all jobs benefit from curious
People more open to experienceget bored quickly in jobs with a lot ofroutine, leading to dissatisfaction andturnover, he says. Instead, they tend tothrive where creativity is paramount,for example as scientists, writers andgraphic designers.
“Finding the right person for theright job means understanding whatthe job entails and finding peoplewhose knowledge, skills and abilitiesare a good match,” says Chapman,whose company CounterpartMatch specializes in employeeselection.
Whatever you do, don’t stop
exploring, just as you did as a child.
“The important thing is not to stop
questioning,” said Albert Einstein.
“Curiosity has its own reason for
If only we had nine lives.
— Mike Fisher