In two previous posts, I addressed 12 benefits of being an open-minded person. Even after 12, there are more benefits to cover. If you have not yet read the previous two posts, you can find them here and here.
Now that you’re up-to-date on the previous 12 benefits of being an open-minded person, let’s dig into some others:
13. Increase opportunities – Close-minded people will turn away opportunities because they don’t want to experience anything new. Open-minded people are always looking for new opportunities and will investigate them to determine if they are better.
From a job or career perspective, close-minded people will shy away from even thinking about accepting a new position somewhere else. They are comfortable where they are. However, an open-minded person will at least perform some due diligence on the opportunity and make a decision based on that research.
You don’t want to be pigeon-holed into one thing your entire life just because you’re not willing to look at your options. Be willing to experience new things and you will gain new opportunities.
14. Get better – Close-minded people may never make a mistake because they know the system being used is effective. But, is there a better system available? Open-minded people will get better because they will always challenge the status quo.
Just because a task has been done the same way for years does not mean there is not a better way to do it. We once had a staff member who challenged our method for testing inventory during an audit. He wanted to use our technology to improve our effectiveness and efficiency. Because of his open-mindedness, he was able to reduce the time it took for that testing from over a week to just under a day.
Stop accepting current methodologies. Look for new ways to do things. You’ll get better. You’ll experience greater growth in your career. It’s worth it.
15. Gain confidence – To go along with getting better is gaining confidence. Close-minded people will lose confidence because they will continue getting passed by open-minded people. Why? Open-minded people will continue making things better, gaining confidence because they keep getting better and experience more growth.
If you are not willing to try something new, you will never know if there is something better. Someone will come along and find a better way to do what you do and you will lose confidence because you will no longer be as good as you once were. Companies that can’t evolve with new technology will fail. It’s same for you. If you can’t evolve, you will fail too.
Don’t you want to be confident that you provide the best value for what you do? If so, then open your mind and experiment. See if you can find a better way to do what you do. There is always a better way. If not, you will eventually fall behind the status quo and lose all confidence in your ability.
16. More accepting of criticism – Close-minded people cannot accept criticism, even if its constructive. They are not willing to listen. Open-minded people invite and ask for criticism because they want to be better.
Within the public account world in which I work, higher level professionals review the work of staff at lower levels. If something does not make sense or there are questions as to the work done, the reviewer will write a “review note” for that particular work paper. The “review note” then needs to be addressed by the preparer.
The close-minded staff see “review notes” as hits to their egos. They believe they are being unjustly criticised. The open-minded staff see “review notes” as ways to learn. They will apply what they learn from that “review note” and use it in other engagements as well.
It’s simply a perspective issue. Either you can want to learn or you don’t. No one knows everything. Everyone has something to learn. Criticism is one way to learn.
If we brain-stormed together, we could come up with so many more benefits of being open-minded. Can you think of any negatives to being open-minded? I can think of only one: being gullible or easily persuaded.
You could jump from fad to fad without ever analyzing the justification for that fad. Being willing to investigate new things does not mean you should accept every new thing. It takes some serious thought and diligence to make sure you change for the right reasons.
Hopefully you have found these 16 benefits useful. Will you be open-minded about being open-minded or will you continue your way through life being content with how things are. There is definitely nothing wrong with being content in certain circumstances. Don’t be content with your life. Always strive to make your life and the lives of those around you better.