“Did you know that curiosity is your superpower? Though we often think of being curious as a personality trait, it’s actually the foundation of our capacity for connection, growth, and healing,” says Scott Shigeoka, author of Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World, fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.
Scott’s new book Seek, out this week, has already been named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Science Books of 2023. His ideas are catching on nationwide, with people discovering—or rediscovering—the power of their curiosity thanks to him. He made an inspiring appearance on The Today Show, and his book has been widely praised as being vital for leaders, managers, veterans, financial planning experts, and everyone else.
In energetic and inspiring talks, Scott explores how putting the skill of curiosity into practice can not only increase our understanding of others, but also sharpen our creativity and collaboration, improve our relationships and teams, and bolster our life satisfaction. He pairs powerful stories with practical strategies to help individuals and organizations alike harness the power of curiosity. Among other things, he shares the DIVE model that he developed to target the four “core muscles” of deep curiosity:
- Detach—Let go of your ABCs (assumptions, biases, certainty);
- Intend—Prepare your mindset and setting;
- Value—See the dignity of every person (including yourself);
- Embrace—Welcome the hard times in your life.
“If you want a less anxious workforce, if you want leaders who are respected, if you want to be healthier and happier—curiosity is your ticket,” Scott tells Lavin.