Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Regular readers will know that our original snippet curator, Angus, is off risk-taking and I’m taking over the snippet series. I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch and let me know how you’re finding these snippets – your feedback helps keep them going in the right direction. If you’d like to know more about me there’s a link to my podcast interview with Mark Loftus at the bottom of this snippet.

I’ve been paying attention to my curiosity over the last few weeks, wondering when I have curiosity and when I don’t and I’ve realised that there are lots of things I’m not curious about. Initially I thought this was a failing as my role is all about creativity, but I’ve come to accept it’s ok.

I’ve realised that I can deepen my curiosity rather than broaden it. Rather than trying to be curious about everything, I’ve become more aware of what really sparks my curiosity. It’s when I encounter something new in the world that challenges my previous understanding and makes me ask why. I’m really interested in visual trends, so when something grabs my attention I ask myself am I really interested in what I’m seeing or am I more curious about what messages the visuals give and the impact they might have on others?

Maybe I’ve become more curious about my own curiosity!

Kaio Burghard
Creative Lead CharacterScope

Snippet, Reflect, Fix

Snippet
Curiosity is key to creativity and it’s about wondering ‘why?’ as well as ‘what?’ and ‘how?’ Everybody has curiosity about some things and lacks curiosity about other things. What’s really key is to be curious about yourself – why some things grab you and why some don’t.

Reflect

What grabs you? And why? Think about what lies in the outside world and what lies inside you. 
To quote Jung:
“Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens”

Fix
Next time something sparks your curiosity, see if you can answer the ‘why?’ question: is it about new knowledge, about being up to date, because it’s complex, or simple, or beautiful? And what insights does this simple observation give you about yourself and your values?

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Bravery is the thing I have been focusing on for the last few weeks. For me, bravery is not about leaving the house or facing my fears about all the news, its been about the opportunity to take a different approach to my work – being braver about my innovation and creativity.

I ask myself questions like “How can this be better?” or “Are you happy with this outcome?” or “Is it brave enough?”

This has led me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and even confront myself on decisions I had made.

Creating our new ‘playlist’ page is a good example of putting my bravery into practice. After sending my final draft to the developers to implement and seeing the outcome after all that hard work, I felt the need to challenge it despite the time and efforts of others and the potential of losing credibility.

Kaio Burghard
Creative Lead CharacterScope

Snippet, Reflect, Fix

Snippet
The definition of bravery I like is “having the strength to face fears/demons despite the consequences”.
 
Reflect
What could you be braver about? Relationships? Work? Daily activities?
 
Fix
Ask yourself these questions every day. “How can this be better?” or “Are you happy with this outcome?” or “Is it brave enough?”