Congratulations! You are now a remote worker--and learner!
What do I do? Who do I ask for help? How are my customers and clients going to manage? When will all things get back to “normal”? Where in my home will I be working--and learning!? Why didn’t wasn’t I more prepared for this? Huh? Does anyone really know how to succeed at remote working? Wow! What if what I’m doing--and learning!--now is preparing me to be a better teacher--and learner!--in the future?
Whew! Now that you’ve got all of that out of your system, what if you turn to curiosity as the key to unlock what you can do next?
Curiosity is the cornerstone of all deep learning and doing. Asking “what if?” and leading with wonder is how we naturally learn. Remote working might be terrifying to you now, but what if that terror can be measured by the distance in the gap between what you know and don’t know about remote learning?
What if you put on your “learning hat” and use some curiosity to help you close the gap between what you know and don’t know about remote learning?
How can being curious help you be a better remote worker? Consider these characteristics of curiosity.
Curiosity personalizes your learning, so while your remote learning may be response to a direct order rather than personal choice, if you can find anything about it you’d like to learn more about to seek personal and/or professional growth, your learning becomes easier thanks to its greater sense of personal purpose.
Curiosity isn’t just about making learning and work more personal, it also makes it more collaborative. Curiosity’s tendency to seek collaboration is another benefit of using curiosity as a learning tool. The collaboration curiosity encourages opens endless pathways to learning and doing more. Follow them down and see what you can discover. Who knows, in addition to learning more about remote working, you might also find future partners, customers, or opportunities.
Learning based in curiosity cannot be confined by time or age either, making it perfect for everyone. It’s easy to say, “I’m too old for new technology,” but you’re never too old for a little curiosity, so when you put your curiosity first in learning about remote learning, you’re more likely to learn in a way that suits you and your situation best instead of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to learning and working remotely.
Using curiosity to power learning about remote working can be as easy as asking “what if?”
What if remote working is not that hard? What if remote learning is actually better in some ways than how you were working before? What if things you learn and develop while becoming a remote worker can also make you better in other aspects of your life? What if your transition into remote working is also an opportunity to identify and transition into other opportunities now that you’ve developed this new skill and perspective?
Beyond the ways curiosity can help you immediately, what if... simply exercising your curiosity muscle a little bit every day pays off in the long-run in unpredictable, yet incredibly valuable ways? What if, for example, practicing your curiosity can help you pounce on opportunities tomorrow?
If you would like to dig deeper into curiosity and continue to take a Curiosity Based Learning approach to remote learning, let’s explore how What If Curiosity can help. Happy to share detailed Curiosity Based Learning processes to your remote work more productive and enjoyable.
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