By Kelly Carson, Editor, The Link Magazine

We’ve all heard the saying: Stay curious. Studies have proven that curiosity can lead to a broader understanding of one’s career and life in general.

“When we become curious about something that makes us uncomfortable, we might notice things we didn’t see before. This can cause us to shift our thinking,” Dr. Henry Emmons and researcher Aimee Prasek write for the website Experience Life. 

“We might realize that we don’t know what we thought we knew. Or that a person or situation is completely different from what we assumed. Or that we still don’t understand someone or something, but at least we know we don’t understand, and we accept it.”

You may not like this feeling. It can be uncomfortable, “but it’s that very discomfort that can create new neurological connections,” the pair write.

“Think of this as trampling a new path through unbroken snow instead of grass. It’s hard work, but it makes a big difference in the landscape. The effort might raise your stress level temporarily, but it’s a good stress. That stress gets quickly resolved and the new pathway can start to be reinforced. Pretty soon, you can walk that way with ease — and your mind can go places you never knew it could.”

To develop a curious mind, follow these tips
suggested by Christina LeClaire from the website Bold Orange.

■ Make time for learning. Set aside time in your day to explore new ideas and perspectives about topics that interest you. This can include reading books and articles, listening to podcasts and getting inspired by videos like TED Talks.

■ Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for fear of “looking dumb.” This will help you understand the project, contribute your top strengths and lead your team to new ideas.

■ Take risks. Go outside your comfort zone and approach projects from a new angle. This will help you develop new skills and create new opportunities for yourself and your organization.

■ Be open to feedback. Be open to feedback
from others and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

■ Embrace failure. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. This will help you become more resilient and less hesitant to try
new things.

“The people who change the world and lead in their industries have one thing in common: they follow their curiosity,” LeClaire writes. “By being open to new ideas, building a deeper knowledge base and creating human connections, you will increase your creativity, job satisfaction and experience new opportunities. By consistently encouraging a curious mindset in the workplace, employers will unlock their employees’ potential, foster innovation and drive productivity.”

If you have not already, have you considered adding hair restoration to your skill set? To feed that curiosity explore the AHLC’s website at ahlc.org where you will find stories from a variety of articles about succeeding in the hair restoration industry as well as educational events.