Most of us are quite inflexible. We get stuck to our ideologies and our ideas. We are comfortable with things we know only. We are not easily swayed by new ideas, new things or new systems. We like to keep to what we know already only. Trying new things or tasting new concepts and adopting new ideas sounds dangerous for the sake of it. But, maybe we are taking it too far? We need to challenge that approach to life. A little flexibility may be of great benefit. Perhaps, a bit of an open mind can help!
In fact, other people have an open mind. Sometimes the open mind lands them in problems but that is only in exceptional cases. In general, the open mind rewards them a lot. They quickly learn new ideas, they adopt new information fast and they can adapt to the changing world ahead of the game. Such insights empower them to ‘read the game’ fast and gain the necessary head start against their competitors or peers depending on the situation.
The good news is that you can emulate their style. Just open your mind. Approach things with an open mind. Be flexible. Be ready to learn new things, to acquire new knowledge, to change your assumptions, to unlearn, to adopt new ideologies, to learn new techniques and systems and to approach issues differently. Do not remain static. Change with change. Only an open mind will enable you to do that. Without an open mind, you will remain static and with that, you will gradually grow irrelevant or outdated.
The approach that we advocating here means that you need to raise a bit your risk appetite. You need to take a bit more risk than before. This can come with its own complications if not well managed. Therefore, for the avoidance of doubt, we are not saying jump at everything and anything without consideration or analysis. NO! You should still use your common sense, your wisdom and your judgement. You need to weight the options, and the positives versus the negatives.
Open your mind while staying safe. Open your mind first to learn, to take in and to sense. Do not commit too early and do not over commit. Rather, be measured! You need to play it smart. Be alert and attentive. Do not open your mind while closing your ears and eyes. Open your mind with open eyes and ears also! Sense danger that may come with things you are sensing or tasting. Do not go in blindly. When trying to test how deep a river is, you surely try with one leg in while the other is solidly on the dry ground. Don’t jump into the river with both legs at the same time—you will expose your life to unlimited or infinite danger. Calculate your moves while opening your mind.
But remember that not opening your mind is not really an option, save for exceptions. You need an open mind if you are to maximise the rate at which you land on opportunities. In fact, having an open mind opens you to a broad range of opportunities. You improve your chance of learning new opportunities. By opening your mind, you open more networks for yourself. You end up knowing more new people than before. And with the expanded networks, you improve your chances of landing many amazing opportunities.
When you have an open mind, most people feel welcome to come into your world, to interact with you, to befriend you and to network with you. This way, you expand your personal networks and so you expand your tentacles for reading not just the opportunities but also danger. You empower yourself. Therefore, on the balance, you gain more than you lose by having an open mind. All the best!