This week's question is asked to you by curiosity experts Anna Willems & Eveline Smeets.

Anna and Eveline are considered as one of the leading experts in the field of curiosity. They are the inventors of the CQ-test, the younger sister of the well-known IQ and EQ tests.

With The Curious School they advise corporate CEO's and government leaders on developing a more curious organizational culture as a driver for innovation and employee well-being.

By 2030 they want to have trained 1 million people on developing a more curious mind. And they advocate for adopting curious intelligence as a course within the mainstream educational system.

Huh what? Not IQ but CQ? Did we get you curious?

Would you press this red button?

Do you really dare to be curious? Yes? Cool! Then we can tell you that the future is yours. Let us explain:

First there was IQ, then came EQ and this is going to be the era of CQ (Curiosity Quotient) also known as curious intelligence.

Nobody knows exactly what the challenges we face today will look like in 2030. But one thing we do know: we need curious people to make complex issues small and solvable. Curiosity ignites the 21st century skills needed for that. From creativity and critical thinking to problem solving, empathy and entrepreneurship.

These are strong skills that are not likely to be taken over by technology. Nowadays we see more and more IQ knowledge skills being replaced by technology. So where do we as humans fit in? How can we make a difference? With our curiosity. We dare to say it’s the biggest human super power of this era.

This all sounds really nice but you might be wondering: is every human being curious? Well, we have some good news: everybody is! Because curiosity is part of our DNA.

Think about children who explore the world by endless experimenting and asking questions, it comes natural to them. Though as we get older we often lose this childlike sense of wonder. Our CQ starts to disappear through conditioning, assumptions, routines and by our environment. Children ask up to 300 questions a day and as adults that number drops to only 6 questions a day. That’s a shame isn’t it?

But no worries, curiosity is deeply wired into your DNA so you can ignite and train it. Are you ready to give your curiosity a boost? Let’s go!

Tip 1: Curiosity is all about asking questions and great questions lead to great inventions. Here's our go-to exercise for making questioning a daily habit. We love to teach the simple 5 x why method from Sakichi Toyota, a great Japanese inventor and founder of the car factory. It’s as simple as asking 5 times why to solve a problem. See how this method worked out great here. And in this video you learn from the biggest curiosity experts on earth: children, what the benefit is of asking why.

Tip 2: Curious what 2021 is gonna look like for you? Find it out through the self-curiosity method. Curiosity has many forms, but as with everything it starts with yourself: self-curiosity! Start right now with an online course on self-curiosity. Learn who you are and what drives you. Find your purpose through the self-curiosity course of The Curious School. A perfect course to set goals and place intentions for a new year.

We believe that curiosity is the driving force behind human progress and development. And while the future poses many challenges and uncertainties, we're convinced that curiosity can help mankind navigate its unchartered terrain with confidence and optimism. Discover more about the four dimensions of curiosity and how leaving your comfort zone from time to time can provide answers to questions that have yet to be asked!

Eager to learn more about curiosity? Check out the links below:
 

  • Book:  A must-read if you want to learn more about curiosity as a tool for success in a digital age: The Curious Advantage by Garrick Jones, Paul Ashcroft, and Simon Brown.
  • Podcast: We like to consume things that spark your curiosity about new topics. The podcast: Stuff you should know is created by two insanely curious minds. One of our favorites, for sure!
  • Article: Harvard Business Review made an in depth business case for curiosity, read it here. 
  • Play: If you want to train and test your curiosity make sure you take a look at The Fresh Biz game. This game developed for entrepreneurs hugely inspired us. Take a look here. 

Keep on growing,

P.S. 1 If you have friends that want to receive free weekly coaching questions, you can invite them to sign up through this link.

P.S. 2 Next week, Nairobi based remote working entrepreneur Charles Witlox (Founder Charlie's Travels), will share a coaching question with you on remote working.

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