Articles Tagged ‘curiosity’

12 Great Ways to “Capture” the Power of Innovation and Take More Positive Action Within Your Own Life

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

I love checklists. They serve as powerful reminders to help insure that we get things done and focus in on what’s most important. I recently went back to the third book in the Mind Capture series and pulled this from chapter six titled, Innovation Trumps Mediocrity, and wanted to share it as helpful reminder of a few things you can do to improve both your business and life.

#1. Study and read in multiple disciplines

#2. Always maintain curiosity as to why things are the way they are

#3. Listen for problems in your market or industry and create or find ways to solve them

#4. Learn how great organizations get ahead and model their success within your business

#5. Always capture and record great ideas immediately when they strike by having a pen and paper ready

#6. Bounce new ideas off of key associates, customers and those you network with online and offline

#7. Circulate by attending new events

#8. Hang around successful people and soak in their wisdom and ideas

#9. Make it a goal to implement one new idea into your business at least once a week

#10. Get in better physical shape so you can cultivate more mental and physical energy

#11. Ask questions and make it a goal to learn at least one new thing per day that advances your goals

#12. Build leisure and goof off time within your busy schedule as many of the best ideas will hit you when you least expect it and are in a relaxed state of mind.

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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Intelligence Killed The Cat?

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Intelligence Killed The Cat? And here I always thought it was curiosity. Turns out, the curious cat is the one who learned more, changed more, and therefore, achieved more.

So, are you intelligent or are you curious? What does your mindset about these have to do with how well you learn? According to Dr. Carol Dweck… everything!

Training, learning and growing are essential to progressing in your business and your career. But, so many times we go to a training session, learn some great stuff, but we may be distracted or quickly forget the concepts we learn and go right back to the same old habits. How do we break that cycle? We start with curiousity.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck, psychologist at Stanford University, it is important to first move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. A person with a fixed mindset believes their intelligence is a fixed trait – you have a certain amount, and therefore the concern becomes that of appearing intelligent. They base their activities on whether or not what they do will show their intelligence. This person tends to have an aversion to effort or facing challenges, or simply isn’t willing to be open to doing things differently. They’d rather stick with the things they know they are good at and will demonstrate that competence to others.

In addition, when we get caught up in completing tasks every day, and getting things done, our natural tendency is to stick with the status quo and not really be open to learning new things. We may attend a training class now and again, or maybe it’s even mandatory, but no change is incorporated into our day-to-day being unless we start with a growth mindset. It is with a growth mindset that we find the motivation to put new concepts into practice.

In a growth mindset, you understand that your brain is like a muscle – it gets stronger with use. You view intelligence not as a fixed point, but something you develop throughout your whole life, that grows with passion and practice. You know that every time you learn something new, your brain forms new connections, and you can therefore improve your intellectual skills.

Being curious also means you are willing to make mistakes. The difference between success and failure is what you do with those mistakes. Those with a growth mindset are able to enter the “zone” and stay in the zone, even when they make mistakes.

As Dr. Dweck states, “You can’t keep up with this changing world if you can’t grow or can’t learn.”

So, are you curious, or wanting to appear smart?

Carla Feagans, CEO
Ignite Consulting
600 E. Carmel Drive, Suite 108
Carmel, IN 46032
http://www.ignitehr.com/
317-777-6470, ext. 401
317-645-3627 cell

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