If you’re like me, perhaps you are frustrated by the polarization of politics (and many debates) and the nastiness all too common on some social media platforms. But where does this come from? Perhaps there are lots of answers and some of them may cascade into other ideas. But do you think a lack of curiosity and an abundance of certainty may be a contributing factor?
Why am I even asking?
Almost every notable invention (and now such a regular part of our daily lives), from figuring out how to create fire to modern-day self-driving cars are the direct result of curiosity. The desire to seek out new information and adventures is a very prevalent human characteristic.
Modern research has confirmed that curiosity is very important to the performance of an organization. Some of the best leaders have shown that by encouraging curiosity through small changes in their company’s structure and managing procedures they can greatly improve their companies. When curiosity is triggered, we think more deeply about decisions and force ourselves to find increasingly creative solutions. By fostering an environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas, these companies often develop relationships between colleagues that are more collaborative.
Despite these noted benefits of curiosity in the workplace, many companies are slow to encourage it. Although nearly a quarter of a recent study’s participants reported feeling curious in their jobs on a regular basis, almost all of the remaining respondents reported feeling obstacles that prevented them from asking more questions at work. Those who are comfortable being curious are often credited with bringing new ideas to their organizations and those around them tend to see that curiosity leading to increased job satisfaction and performance, along with continued motivation. For employers, we encourage you to create an environment that recommends that your employees share their ideas in a space that they will feel safe and comfortable doing so. If you’re an employee, you’ll likely want to seek out employment opportunities that allow you to share your knowledge and ideas with your superiors and colleagues in an appropriate manner.
When we ask questions and demonstrate curiosity about others, their work, or the world in which we live, I believe that people tend to like us more. I also think that those people see us as more competent, which promotes both meaningful solutions and relationships.
At SierraSil, we are curious about a number of things, including the research we do on our products.
For example, while we know (sorry for the certainty!) that SierraSil is helpful for most people with osteoarthritis and for athletes, as well as people trying to purge heavy metals from their body (based on research and anecdotal evidence), what else doe it help with? If you were in charge of our research, what mechanism of actions would you want to investigate? How has it helped you? Also, have you found partnering SierraSil with any other ingredients or practices has been helpful? Our goal is to help a million people be healthier and more active naturally and all of our products are intended to help you recover ability or joy (from reduced aches) in the first purchase.
When we first discovered SierraSil, one of the first questions we had was, “is it safe”? That was closely followed by, “surely the healing stories can’t be real, so how do we check them out”? While I’d be happy to proceed with details about the abundant research that’s been called an “industry gold standard”, this post isn’t a bait and switch! We’re curious about many other things at SierraSil and I want you to invite you to chime in and reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or the team at email@example.com with your suggestions or ideas.