I’ve recently heard a statistic that the new generation are the least curious ever, and that is bad news for innovation and developments in the technology, sciences and engineering spaces.
I do however also know that the ways this data is captured is old, and that the kids know how to circumvent the capture of this data. But, it got me thinking. Curiosity is one of the most important qualities we as humans have. I’m not saying animals aren’t curious, but we’ve developed tech, transplanted hearts and flew to the moon, so it’s not quite the same thing.
My advice is this. Be consciously curious. Go out on your own for a moment during the day. Walk a different route to the grocery store. Go down a street you haven’t gone down before and walk into shops you usually wouldn’t go into. To open up the space for creativity, you need to be influenced by something. If it’s the same thing over and over, there’s nothing new you’re exposing your mind to, so it’s not going to change its regular way of filtering all the information it receives.
Getting out of your normal comfort zone and routine is exactly what is needed.