“Only the open-minded get to experience the world from many perspectives.”
Open-mindedness plays a significant role in living a happy and satisfying life. Since the art of living a happy life includes making right decisions at the right time that the regretful thoughts and the thoughts about repentence in the futue could be eliminated, open-mindedness of a person allows him to do so. It makes one more liberal and flexible owing to which one teaches oneself the ways to adjust in accordance with the circumstances by considering the situations broad-mindedly, while overcoming rigidity.
It is the ability to conceive reasonable criteria in making proper judgments about things and situations. In fact, there can be more positive ways to be explored by being open-minded. However, seven benefits of being an open minded person are mentioned in this article.
1- Coming out of a particular mindset developed on the basis of how you perceive world and how you see things around you and maintaining open-mindedness at all times in itself is of an immense value. Though it is one of the toughest things to do, if you manage it successfully, one of the greatest benefits that you get from being open-minded is that you’ll be able to think about things in a positive way. In this way, your positive thinking will lead you in the direction of living a satisfying life.
2- Open-mindedness helps you gain confidence in you. Since being an open-minded person leads one to get more ideas, facts, knowledge and wisdom, one can become confident, because these are the necessary elements that help one greatly to live life in a confident manner. Your self-confidence is a good cause to bring you desired success.
3- To err is human. Every once in a while we are prone to making mistakes. A great person is he who admits his mistakes and tries his level best not to repeat them again. But, some people do not seem to have construed well the importance of admitting their own faults. Rather, they mistake in taking the things. Whether it’s insignificant or a serious one, one should, without being hesitant, acknowledge one’s mistakes. Admitting mistake is a sign of open-mindedness, while not admitting, narrow mindedness. Firstly, an open-minded person tries not to make potential mistakes, if he does, he admits. Secondly, he learns from his mistakes, because learning from mistakes leads one to succeed in life.
4- No one is perfect. Everyone should try to be perfect. This is the fact which is expressed in words of Shelley Long who says, “I’m not perfect, but I’d like to be perfect. I’m working on it.” So long as one believes in this fact, one can pave himself the ways for self development. It is nothing more than the ability to conceive reasonable criteria in making proper judgment about things and situations so as to bring improvements in terms of personal growth and development. In this way, being open-minded, can spell the difference between strength and weakness that you have, while it aids you more in strengthening your personality and overcoming your weakness.
5- One of the greatest benefits you get by being open-minded person is that you can develop the habit of forgiving faults of others. This will not only enable you to stay in peace, but will also cause you to win the hearts and minds of the people around you. There is a well-known saying in relation to this context, “Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature.” – Epictetus. Open-mindedness not only allows a person to admit his own mistakes, but also to forgive others’.
6– How can this great benefit be ignored that comes through developing the art of dealing with different situations open mindedly? It’s all encompassing: from analyzing situations to setting plans and strategies and implementing them successfully. A person who takes situations open-mindedly, regardless of whether they are displeasing or cheerful, he does not lose control, but manages them appropriately. Neither a troublesome situation controls him nor does he get tickled pink in merry moments – getting out of control. He is able to keep well the balance within them to manage effectively.
7- If some of the important benefits of being open-minded are to be counted, they are to be considered on the basis that what it is they would provide you: You can bring a positive change in life by being open-minded. You will learn how to be flexible with various situations even if they are unpredictable.By being open-minded, you will discover many things leading you to gain intelligence. Open-mindedness is one of the greatest ways to wisdom, because “minds are like parachutes: they only function when open.”
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India