Why curious people are more successful

Why curious people are more successful

Nicole Kidman plays British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer, Gertrude Bell, in the movie Queen of the Desert. Her curious nature saw her explore places that no white woman had ever been. She was deemed successful in her pursuit and will forever be remembered as being an ahead-of-her-time woman who shaped the course of history.

Intelligent, emotional, curious - all part of this very famous woman's DNA and interestingly enough, most successful entrepreneurs who are not just in the technology and science spaces I am might add.

I find myself exploring what is possible and being interested in the 'why' more so than the outcome, often finding myself stuck until I unleash my own imagination or in some cases sense of innovation to find the solution. I then go onto the next thing and I fall back to square one. Why? How? When? Where? Who? It sounds more like a journalist, but it is in fact a majority of successful marketers and entrepreneurs, all unleashing their imagination on whatever falls their way.

The outcomes are evident for all to see:


People that are curious have a strong desire to learn without constraints and are the driving force behind new discoveries in all fields. They want to see what is out there and why it is out there, and what use it can be for them or the wider community.


There is nothing worse than sitting at a dinner table with people who are not interesting so it's no wonder that people flock to people of a curious nature finding them more interesting to be around.


Curious people are on a never ending, relentless drive to learn more. They educate themselves by asking questions and exploring often in a way that is not traditional or the status quo.


The fact that curious people are more successful is obvious. Think about the fact that The Wright Brothers invented and built the first flight in 1903, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invention of the World Wide Web in 1990 and Kanzius through his experimentation with his own illness, a cure for cancer.

Innovation, curiosity, and imagination are all ways in which you can change the way you thing to take your career to the next level. These traits can also accelerate a company’s profits and growth beyond its competitors and the more curious people on your team the better. In a recent study, innovation was ranked a long-term challenge for driving business growth and you will find that most large corporations invest a lot of funds into setting up innovation departments regardless of their field.

Curiosity is a hunger for knowledge and the need to hunt for answers to these questions: “What is this?” and “How does it work?” When someone asks you a question, regardless of age, try to find the time to answer it and then watch them as they grow. Give people in your organization rewards for being curious and innovative, and for thinking outside of the box, even if they fail in their pursuit. It is this thought process that successful leaders know they need to nurture and promote within organizations in order to stay relevant, ahead of the curve and ultimately, successful.

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  • Kathleen
    08 Jul 2019

    This article really reflects my belief that specialisation is only good as long as you don't pigeonhole yourself; because being curious and open to learning new skills is essential to keeping yourself and your organisation current and adaptable in an ever-changing world.

  • Michael Virga
    Michael Virga
    23 Apr 2019

    Success equals curiosity. Without that eagerness to continuously learn, grow and engage, success and progression stays a distant dream. Great blog!