“Be curious, not judgmental.” Walt Whitman
In a climactic scene in “Ted Lasso,” the main character mentions this quote and explains that among the many people who dismissed him throughout his life, not a single one was curious.
“They thought they had everything figured out, so they judged everything and everyone. If they were curious, they would have asked questions…”
Ted is curious about everyone he encounters, even when it appears that all of Richmond, England is against him. While it would be easy for him to become judgmental and dismissive, he continues to meet people where they are by listening to what is being said. He is focused on learning, not correcting, judging or arguing.
Curiosity is his superpower.
For the month of April, I’m borrowing Ted’s curiosity cape to fully focus on the person in front of me by asking questions and then listening to what is being said rather than drafting my response or argument as he/she responds. I am curious to see if or how my perspectives changes.
I invite you to join me and share what you you notice by employing your curiosity superpower.