27 March 2023

Tuesday’s Titles with Nicola O’Neill

Tuesday’s Titles with Nicola O’Neill

‘Purposeful Curiosity’ by Dr Constantine Andriopoulus

Purposeful Curiosity is endorsed by Adam Grant who stated, “This book nails the difference between idle curiosity and a productive drive to discover.”

The author Doctor Costas Andriopoulos, Professor of Entrepreneurship at London’s Bayes Business School, challenges the reader from the outset by clearly defining what purposeful curiosity is: “The way accomplished individuals channel their curiosity to a particular purpose – toward advancing science and human understanding, discovering new lands and opportunities or reaching a significant goal. It is about immersing yourself into the unknown with clarity, passion, courage and a positive enterprising attitude.”

This book offers a number of tools that are summarised at the end of each chapter. These tools are based on the research of people who exhibit a consistently pioneering spirit and who use their curiosity for creative problem solving. The chapters are laid out in the order of the journey the author recommends you take, to achieve purposeful curiosity:

  • Uncover your itch
  • Go down the rabbit hole
  • Conquer your fears with curiosity
  • Become an expert – fast
  • Ask “Who’s with me?”
  • Get ready
  • Leap into the unknown
  • Develop resilience in the face of adversity
  • Turn the ending into your new beginning