Maintaining an open mind in your daily interactions with people is very necessary if you really want to keep moving ahead, be it in your career, your small business, your educational pursuits or your relationship.
I have come to notice that it’s most helpful to refuse to close our mind or to prejudge a person 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 differ from appearances.
For all you know, that individual seeking employment in your startup and whom you believe to have nothing to offer, just because of something you don’t like about their appearance could prove to be the single most valuable employee you will ever have.
It is not necessarily that people put their best foot forward whenever they must meet new situations. A number of us simply don’t know how to apply the principle of making a good initial impression. That is the reason why you need to keep an open mind when dealing with people you’ve never met before. It’s highly likely that you’ll have a nice surprise if you give others the opportunity to prove their worth within a reasonable time period.
Trust me, companies embarking on a talent-hunt, people looking for relationship partners, students in search for a good school or adult learning center to get more life skills are known to have lost what might have been their best choices ever, just by dismissing prospects based on looks.
You cannot afford to make that expensive mistake.
Nobody has ever known it all. That is why we always have to continue finding ways and chances to learn and learn more. Sometimes, we learn our most valuable lessons from the most unlikely places, experiences and people. What is thought to be the best method of solving an issue becomes obsolete within a short period of time. The knowledge you acquired from college years ago might not be that relevant the way it was at 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 happening all around us. The more we’re prepared to try new ideas, immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in new adventures and even learn from people who might be many years our juniors, the greater the skills we’ll acquire to enable us to continue to achieve more.
How often have you been surprised with an opportunity from someone or from an action 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 very good reason for you to keep a positive attitude and keep your mind open constantly.
The reality is, there are many companies out there who still appreciate open-minded and adventurous employees. At a highly competitive job or marketing interview, for example, odds are that those who display a strong willingness to keep an open mind to keep on learning are the ones likely to be shortlisted for consideration.
On the flip side, those who exhibit an attitude of being very conservative and rigid with their opinions or traditional thinking would barely stand any chance.
4. You may nurture stronger relationships.
No. I’m not saying that you should trust all manner of people just because you desire to build relationships either for your small business or for career development.
The actual point here is that you cannot expect to have powerful, meaningful relationships with others if you are not willing to allow yourself time to discover more about their values and hidden attributes.
To put it differently, there is no way we will be able to build closer ties with our partners or develop valuable networks with our suppliers or agents if all we do is prejudge their motives or actions.
And bear in mind, the more relationships you are able to build by being optimistic and open-minded, the further you’ll be contributing to making our planet a better place.
That is definitely a superb prospect. Do not you agree?