Curiosity and love of learning are powerful motivators
Todd Kashdan, author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life, advocates bringing your strength of curiosity to your work. He says that the higher the level of curiosity, the greater the analytic ability and problem-solving skills.
Most of my dissertation coaching clients have “love of learning” and “curiosity” as two of their top five strengths. These strengths are golden; use them and enjoy them.
A curious person asks questions.
Prompt yourself. Ask: What question is driving my writing? What am I discovering—from my research and also as I write? What am I saying that others are not?
It is key that you bring your curiosity to your writing, but not to some technological novelty only peripherally connected to your work.
Stay vigilant to keep your curiosity from letting you engage in delaying tactics.
Manage your curiosity so that it has a positive effect on your dissertation. Curiosity boosts your motivation.
I’d love to hear from you — how are you using your curiosity?
All good wishes,
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation and Academic Career Coach
- Todd Kashdan: Why Are We Afraid of Having Regrets? (huffingtonpost.com)