Maintaining an open mind in your daily interactions with people is extremely necessary if you really want to keep moving ahead, be it in your career, your business, your educational pursuits or your relationship.
I’ve come to observe that it is most helpful to refuse to close our thoughts or to prejudge someone or their motives before we hear them out. Let us take a look at the reasons why you and I want to keep an open mind.
1. Reality could be different from appearances.
For all you know, that person seeking employment in your startup and that which you believe to have nothing to offer, just because of something that you don’t like about their appearance could prove to be the single most valuable employee you will ever have.
It is not always that people put their best foot forward each time they must meet new situations. Some people simply don’t know how to use the principle of making a good initial impression. It is highly likely that you’ll have a pleasant surprise if you give others the opportunity to show their worth within a reasonable time period.
Trust me, companies embarking on a talent-hunt, individuals looking for relationship partners, students in search for a fantastic school or adult learning centre to acquire more life skills are known to have lost what could have been their best choices ever, by simply dismissing prospects based on looks.
You cannot afford to make that expensive mistake.
2. You will learn valuable lessons and grow further if you always keep an open mind.
Nobody has ever understood it all. That is why we always have to keep on finding ways and chances to learn and learn more. At times, we learn our most valuable lessons from the most unlikely places, people and experiences. Knowledge is always evolving. What is thought to be the best way of solving an issue becomes obsolete in a short time period. The knowledge you obtained from school years ago might not be that relevant how it was in the time you graduated.
To stay relevant, therefore, you and I need to keep an open mind and stop being negative about the new developments going on all around us. The more we’re prepared to try new ideas, immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in new experiences and even learn from those who may be many years our juniors, the larger the skills we’ll get to let us continue to achieve more.
How often have you been surprised with a chance from someone or from an activity you least expect to deliver?
We are living in a world full of surprises. That door you never thought could lead to your success could be the one bringing great wealth to those who believed.That is a good reason for you to keep a positive attitude and keep your mind open always.
The truth is, there are many companies out there who still appreciate open-minded and adventuresome employees. At an extremely competitive job or promotion interview, as an example, odds are that those who exhibit a strong willingness to keep an open mind to continue learning are the ones likely to be shortlisted for consideration.
On the flip side, those who exhibit an attitude of being quite conservative and rigid with their views or conventional thinking would barely stand any opportunity.
4. You will nurture stronger relationships.
No. I am not saying that you ought to trust all manner of people just because you would like to build relationships for your small business or for career development.
The actual point here is that you cannot expect to have strong, meaningful relationships with others if you’re unwilling to allow yourself time to find out more about their values and hidden attributes.
To put it differently, there’s absolutely no way we’ll have the ability to build closer ties with our spouses or develop valuable networks with our agents or suppliers if all we do is prejudge their motives or actions.
And remember, the more relationships you are able to build by being positive and open-minded, the more you’ll be contributing to making our planet a better place.
That’s definitely a lofty prospect. Don’t you agree?