“Open-mindedness is receptiveness to new ideas. Open-mindedness relates to the way people approach the views and knowledge of others, and “incorporate the beliefs that others should be free to express their views and that the value of others’ knowledge should be recognized.” — Wikipedia
If we knew the secrets to everything, there would be no competitive advantage. The term “open-mindedness” isn’t much of a secret, but when you understand how its potential applied in different ways can have an impact on you, and those around you, it becomes something worth hiding. Lucky for you, we are going to take a “deep-dive” into the layered meaning of the word, it’s short and long-term benefits, and how the context of the meaning can change depending upon the scenario.
- If you are willing to try new things, it shows people that you are “receptive” to new concepts. Trying new things doesn’t always mean tasting new cuisines, rather it is more of an example of the many things people are willing to share with you. Trying things that aren’t familiar to you can serve as a great way to express your open-mindedness without saying it. Risk-takers often spend time doing, and learning things that are outside of their comfort zone. Hopefully you don’t view trying snails in France as a “risk”, but it’s a matter perspective.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t something that most people are willing to do, which makes sense. You are comfortable, you have your routine, all of which is important in order for you to live a healthy, happy life. What happens if your world gets turned upside down overnight, which can happen at any moment? This isn’t disaster preparation, but if you aren’t willing to step out of your comfort zone on your own terms, imagine a scenario when you are no longer in control. If you practice doing things that you aren’t accustomed to such as, attending a meetup alone, or trying to learn a new language, you will set your self up for success down the road. In regards to open-mindedness, your comfort zone is essentially a range, or distance that you are willing to “move within”. Without necessarily doing something drastic, if you can slowly increase your “flexibility” by stretching out your range little-by-little, then you will be better prepared for change.
- When you are open to hearing new things from friends, family, or colleagues, you open your range of opportunities. As an adult there are literally millions of different career paths you could take. You could become a professional lumberjack , or an insurance salesman. The best way to increase opportunity is to increase your value. In order to do this you must consistently show people that you are skillful and open to new concepts. When people trust your talents, as well as your mental capacity, people are naturally drawn to you. The tricky part about this is knowing when to say no, or step away from an opportunity, which is an entirely different discussion.
- With an open minded outlook, overtime you will become more knowledgable, and cultured. The more knowledge, and understanding of culture you have, the more valuable you become. The more value you can add to someone, or something, the more people will seek you. Over time, you will develop an awareness of things that you didn’t have before, and your views on life will change.
Open-mindedness has depth to its meaning, far more than the actual word could tell you. Becoming open-minded is a series of steps taken over a long period of time, perhaps years. If you start doing the little things today, before you know it, you will progressively grow into something amazing.
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