[kyoo r-ee-uh s]
  1. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange
  2. eager to learn or know; inquisitive, exploration, investigation and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."

"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."
Samuel Johnson

"Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living."
Albert Einstein

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
Albert Einstein

"Being personally hurt triggered a curiosity about how such beliefs are formed."
Philip Zimbardo

  1. "I wonder how this works."
  2. "How did you do that?"
  3. "I didn't notice this before, did you?"
  4. "What were the decisions that you made?"
  5. "When was this created?"
  6. "Who was involved?"
  7. "Where were the biggest improvements?"
You lean into topics and situations with discovery questions on your mind. You want to go beyond what appears to be on the surface.


  1. You are driven to ask questions and to seek a deeper level of understanding than what appears on the surface.
  2. You use the questions what, where, when, how, and who to go from the surface of what is presented to a deeper understanding. Your mind works like a tree and the questions and their answers lead to deeper questions.
  3. You are deeply interested and without prompting you naturally want to understand how it all works and/or are taking in all of the nuances.
  4. You are moving toward something with delightful questions in your mind.
  5. You are delighted by asking questions and wondering how things work.
  6. A childlike wonder and marveling at how it all works.


  1. Invite surprise and delight.
  2. Explore new things, a variety of sense, sights, sounds, sensations that you haven't experienced yet.
  3. Always explore the edges of what is known. Look for what you don't know.
  4. Ask lots of questions from a delightful place of surprise, and people will catch on and begin asking the same types of questions.
  5. Once you discover something, communicate it to others. Make the connection of how your discovery adds value and how it can lead to constructive insight or action.
  6. Acknowledge your sources; make them valuable contributors to your discovery.




© 2016 Jim Peal