Have you ever wondered what might be the most important trait someone could possess at work--the most valuable asset? Some people might say that it'd be efficiency, if they value getting work done at the fastest speed possible. Others might say that it would be patience, as the ability to persevere is much more valuable than people think.

Arguably, however, the most important skill of all someone can possess at work just might be neither of the above. Instead, research indicates that the most valuable asset in any company might be curiosity.

Despite the old saying, "curiosity killed the cat," it's not necessarily true that being an intensely curious person has a detrimental effect on your work capabilities. In fact, it might even be argued that curiosity can be the most powerful asset of all. Why? Read on to find out.

Curious people are naturally inclined to be more willing to seek answers than their less inquisitive colleagues. They tend to be risk-takers, less fearful, and often quite adamant about testing every possible avenue to see if there is a viable solution before giving up. Those who ask questions are also more likely to be seen as participatory and engaged, rather than being someone who just sits back and lets life happen.

Those who work with curious people can see them as interesting characters, members of the team who will go the distance to do things that other people normally wouldn't. The tasks that others find useless, but often yield unexpected gold mines.

Those who seek untraditional paths have long been shown to be the most successful of them all. For instance, consider Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, now the most popular social network in the world. He left college to pursue an idea he was curious about, wanting to bring it to fruition to see if it would work out. And look where Facebook is now.

Those who are naturally curious recognize that there is beauty in the unknown, and they will stop at no end until they figure out what exactly that is. Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it won't kill you. It'll just make you that much more valuable at work.

Published on: Feb 24, 2017