Curiosity killed… well, no one, actually.
“Curiosity killed the cat” is a phrase that we have all heard. I never used to challenge such sayings cos they are old and made up by wiser people than me.
But actually, this one is (pardon my French) bollocks. The saying is officially a proverb used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. Okay, I am not suggesting that curiosity has no boundaries; it is fair to say I could get in trouble for leading a revolution against socially acceptable behaviour.
But, curiosity has a massive place in the world of people, their lives and planning their finances around it. We remain respectfully curious about all of our clients, because it gives us the best insight into their lives and thus, allows us to help them create fantastic outcomes.
As I say regularly, Jo and I are as highly qualified in the Financial Planning profession as we can be. I don’t say that to gloat as this is arguably worthless on its own. But, what I do know is that I (or anyone else for that matter) am nowhere near qualified enough to tell anyone what to do with their money or finances, unless I genuinely take the time to understand them – their hopes, their wants, their values.
So, yes. To do this, I stay curious. I am intent on it. I love listening to people and collaborating with them to remove obstacles and create a life that they really want. Like, really, really, really want.
If I wasn’t curious, I’d just bumble around, wallowing in my own limited and (probably) boring thoughts.
Curiosity didn’t kill me, it keeps me living. And I’ve only just got started.
Alfie Mullan, August 2018