Recently I tweeted ‘be curious’.
Two words I read somewhere in the last week. In fact, I’ve read it in many places from career-related articles and literature through to life in general pieces. Curiosity and exploration are a part of our lives and they also play an important part in our careers.
Planning for your career is important, don’t get me wrong, however it is only part of the picture. Being curious opens up opportunities for chance events, complimenting your career plans nicely.
Think about your career to date? Has it been planned or have chance events played a part?
I’m sure there has been a mix of both, however, it is important to recognise the role of curiosity as sometimes we take for granted our career successes by identifying chance events as being ‘lucky’. Luck can exist, however curiosity along with initiative and being proactive often plays a larger role in being on the receiving end of chance events than what luck simply suggests.
Curiosity has led to this blog. I’m by no means an experienced writer and I definitely didn’t plan this blog until last week. Yes, I’ve written essays, reports at university and correspondence at work however it was curiosity years ago about writing that has led to where I am today.
Inspired by a friend, I started writing 10 years ago for friends snow travel site, Snowsphere. I had a passion for snowboarding, travel, exploring and plenty of ideas. I was encouraged to share my stories and curious to write about my experiences. Curiosity led to writing. 10 years on, I am back writing on career development topics here and for CareerActually. It’s just one small example of many on how my curiosity has led to future chance events.
In an unpredictable world where change is constant, you can’t afford not be curious. That’s how you make your own ‘luck’ as some people say but to me it’s really the result of curiosity.