I lead a team of very bright, young engineers. They are keen to learn new technologies, they solve difficult problems, they can present complex ideas clearly. However, there is still one thing they need to learn - staying curious.
The usual task's life cycle: we plan, we design, we implement, we measure... and then some of us are losing interest, especially when measurements go against what was planned. Some of engineers are giving up and switching to new tasks, not knowing that by investigating why the plan did not work they can further enhance their expertise. Because of impatience they are loosing their chance to improve their skills.
Just last week we designed and implemented new caching system and measured that it improved only in half of the cases. Then, the engineer, who was working on the task said that he will switch to the next task. Neither his work was completed, nor he was curious why only half of the cases were improved. I still could pass the task to another engineer, but instead I asked him to explain his results.
Curiosity is the key feature every engineer should have. Curiosity means asking questions, not settling on the status quo and not giving up when things go downhill. Staying curious is difficult, especially when working on the same problem for another hour, day, week or month, but that is how experts are being forged.
I wish you all that you'd never loose that spark that started your engineering journey.