Open-Mindedness

This is especially helpful in job search where we get single minded about “being rejected” or no one will hire me and it isn’t the case and isn’t helpful. Someone else got chosen. There is a better job there for us. That might have been a miserable job. Perhaps we do need to be open to a new tactic and the ever interesting Harvard Business Review’s book review has a helpful idea.

Want to Be More Open-Minded?

Open-mindedness at work — about new products, strategies, business models — is one key to success. But how do you develop it? Research has found there are several things you can do. For one, travel, whether it’s to another country or somewhere closer to home. As you encounter ways of living that differ from the ones you know best, your brain will get better at accepting new approaches and ideas. For a cheaper option, read fiction. Books can train your brain to be curious about others’ experiences and opinions. Another low-cost option is mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to help people be willing to revise their ideas. And if you’re someone who tends to get stuck in their ways, there’s a simple trick you can try: Start sentences with “I could be wrong, but…” This conveys your openness to others and forces you to start conversations with a willingness to change your mind.

Adapted from “A New Way to Become More Open-Minded," by Shane Snow