Curiosity seems to go hand in hand with success. One of the ways that I will evaluate children is to watch and see how high their natural curiosity level. I believe that the most intelligent children are those who are curious. I will watch the infant or small child to see if it notices its environment or if it just lays there and looks into space
People who take the time to explore their environment are in control of what happens around them. They are aware of the situation that they are in and are less likely to be caught off guard by lifes circumstances. They know the resources which are available to them so when they need to improvise it is not a problem because they dont have to figure out what they have to work with. They will know how to better utilize the personnel that they have to solve different situations. Now some people are just nosy but we can apply the same logic to them also. It seems to me that the difference between curious and nosy is that nosy people just want to control the affairs of others. Curious people want to learn.
I learned to ask questions when I was in the military mainly because I worked for people who would ask me questions. One thing that my superiors would do was to pepper me with a thousand questions when I was assigned a task to complete. I realized that by doing so they kept me on the ball. I had to know what I was talking about in order to give them an intelligent answer. If I was slack in any way they would find out by listening to my responses to their questions. There was once a Colonel who was notorious for popping up when we were in the field. Woe to you if you were a young leader. He would ask you questions about everything but it really would make you think.
For example, he would ask you what kind of vegetation was on each side of your position. Is the ground muddy? Are their snakes? What kind of trees? Now all of these things may seem trivial but he was attempting to make a point. The point was to be aware of the situation and our surroundings. I learned through experience that you need to have all of the information that you possibly can because problems will always pop up from unexpected places. The weirdest things will happen to you at the worst possible time so it pays to be aware of your surroundings.
Curiosity is a natural trait but if you are not naturally curious you should cultivate this trait in your own life like I had to.Just practice it until it becomes second nature. Write down traits of a curious person that you need to develop. Keep them with you and look at them from time to time.
One of the exercises that I use from time to time is to pretend to be a police officer on patrol. Now as I drive along my eyes are moving around and Im not just looking at the road, but Im looking at the entire area. I look next to and behind buildings etc. I got the idea from a cop friend of mine who told me that when he was on patrol he would look for things that were out of place. You have to be familiar with your environment to know when something is out of place. You have to be constantly aware.
Once you have mastered the art of being curious use it and begin to reap the benefits.