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Maintaining an open mind in your daily interactions with people is extremely necessary if you truly want to keep moving forward, be it on your career, your small business, your educational pursuits or your relationship.

I have come to notice that it is most helpful to refuse to close our thoughts or to prejudge someone or their motives even before we hear them out. Let’s take a look at the reasons why you and I need to keep an open mind.

1. Reality could differ from appearances.

For all you know, that individual seeking employment in your startup and that which you consider 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 isn’t necessarily that people put their best foot forward whenever they have to meet new situations. A number of us simply don’t know how to apply the principle of creating a good initial impression. That is why you have to keep an open mind when dealing with people you’ve never met before. It’s highly likely that you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise if you give others the chance to prove their worth over a reasonable period of time.

Trust me, companies embarking on a talent-hunt, individuals looking for relationship partners, students in search for a fantastic school or adult learning center to get more life skills are known to have lost what might have been their best decisions ever, just by dismissing prospects based on appearances.

You can’t afford to make that expensive mistake.

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No one has ever understood it all. That’s the reason we always have to continue finding ways and opportunities to learn and learn more. At times, we learn our most precious lessons from the most unlikely places, experiences and people. Knowledge is always evolving. What is believed 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 in the time you graduated.

To stay relevant, so, 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 experiences and learn from those who might be a number of years our juniors, the greater the skills we’ll acquire to let us continue to achieve more.

3. Maintaining an open mind opens doors.

How many times have you been amazed with a chance from someone or from an action you least expect to deliver? Quite a lot, I presume.

We live in a world full of surprises. That door you never believed could lead to a 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 employers out there who still value open-minded and adventuresome employees. At a highly competitive job or promotion interview, for example, odds are that those who exhibit a strong willingness to keep an open mind to keep on learning are those likely to be shortlisted for consideration.

On the other hand, those who exhibit an attitude of being quite conservative and rigid with their views or traditional thinking would barely stand any opportunity.

4. You may nurture stronger relationships.

No. I’m not saying that you should trust all manner of people simply because you would like to build relationships either for your small business or for career development.

The actual point here is that you cannot expect to have strong, meaningful relationships with others if you’re not willing to allow yourself time to discover more about their values and hidden attributes.

To put it differently, there’s absolutely not any way we will be able to build closer ties with our spouses or develop beneficial networks with our agents or suppliers if all we do is prejudge their motives or actions.

And remember, the more relationships you’re able to build by being positive and open-minded, the further you’ll be contributing to making our planet a better place.

That’s definitely a lofty prospect. Do not you agree?