06 January 2009

Curiosity marks the genealogist

Curious? If we weren't, we wouldn't be doing what we love to do.

I discovered this article by Donald Latumahina on LifeHack. Although I have no proof that he pitched this article to family historians and genealogists, I think all of us will see ourselves in his descriptions and tips.
- It makes your mind active instead of passive.

Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.

-It makes your mind observant of new ideas.

When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right in front of you and yet you miss them because your mind is not prepared to recognize them. Just think, how many great ideas may have lost due to lack of curiosity?

-It opens up new worlds and possibilities

By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. They are hidden behind the surface of normal life, and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new worlds and possibilities.

- It brings excitement into your life

The life of curious people is far from boring. It’s neither dull nor routine. There are always new things that attract their attention, there are always new ‘toys’ to play with. Instead of being bored, curious people have an adventurous life.

And there are tips on developing curiosity:
- Keep an open mind.
- Don’t take things as granted.
- Ask questions relentlessly.
- Don’t label something as boring.
- See learning as something fun.
- Read diverse kinds of reading
Read the complete article at the link above for more information on these tips.

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