Studies show that kids ask an average of 40,000 questions between the ages of 2 and 5. They sense a gap between what they know and what they want to know, and do everything they can to close the gap. But then they grow up, and lose that itch to learn. Which is a shame because feeding a hungry mind is the best way to stay sharp, aware and motivated.

So if you’re constantly searching for information off and online, you’re in a good place. Dive in to explore how to further leverage your intellectual curiosity for personal and professional development.

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

Intellectual Curiosity is a person’s willingness or desire to learn new things. Intellectual Curiosity makes learning a much more natural process, instead of a duty or chore. If you’re intellectually curious, you’re more willing and interested to acquire knowledge and are more likely to expand your knowledge of new subjects. 

An intellectually curious person will have better problem-solving skills and will be able to make better decisions. This is because they are constantly learning from every problem that arises. Intellectual Curiosity also stems creativity; you’ll approach every situation in a positive and creative manner. It also helps keep your mind active and aware at all times.

Intellectual Curiosity and epistemic curiosity are the same thing; a desire to acquire knowledge. It can include curiosity about a certain subject, a book, relationships, languages, cinema, art and so on. Intellectual and epistemic curiosity is without the lure of any profit. It is simply to satisfy a curious mind.

Intellectually curious people are great problem solvers since they have a wider knowledge base and are able to learn from their mistakes. They are also able to think creatively and come up with ideas and solutions that are different and practical. Intellectual Curiosity makes them an asset to any team that they’re a part of since they have the ability to stay foresighted.

A constant desire to learn will lead to faster and better professional and personal growth. A person who is intellectually curious is naturally able to bring creative ideas to the table. Their ability to solve problems and their positive and fresh outlook makes them irresistible in their place of work. All of this makes Intellectual Curiosity a highly important skill that will help a person succeed.

Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Managing Good Judgment, Informed Decision Making, Ethical Clarity, Enhanced Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Agility and Big-Picture Thinking.

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