Open Your Heart

Opening your heart removes the limits on your mind and opens the pathway to success… Legend has it that Albert Einstein was once asked how he was different from other, “normal” people. His answer was that of a man with a curious and expansive mind. He replied that if you asked the average person to find a needle in haystack, that person would stop when he’d \ found a needle. Einstein thought bigger than that. He said he would continue looking through the entire haystack figuring there could be more needles to be found, and why settle on the first one he came across?

Einstein was thinking big, creatively, passionately, inclusively. This is an example of the desire to explore all approaches and ideas, rather than stop when you find the first thing that works.

How often have you settled for that “first needle” in the haystack? Did you even consider there could be more?

“Creative thinking means generating as many alternative approaches as you can,” says Fred Raillard, FF Co-founder “And creative thinking is inclusive thinking, considering the approach that is most likely to fail as well as the one that has the best chance of success. The important thing is you search for different ways to look at the problem or task in front of you.”

Don’t be an Exclusive Thinker

Excusive thinking is what machines do best: being focused on one or two solutions and ignoring the rest; that is, being happy with the first needle you find. It’s fine for us humans when we’re clear about which information is relevant and which is not. And it’s human nature to keep doing things the way we’ve learned or been taught and not even think about trying something new.

So exclusive thinking can make us more efficient — in that we may accomplish a task faster — but it can also lead us to exclude potentially important pieces of information or insights. We get stuck in our past experience and rely on that to find a solution to a new problem or task. Therein lies the death of creativity and growth.

“Most situations are ambiguous rather than clear-cut,” says Farid Mokart, FF Co-founder and CEO. “In these instances, exclusive thinking can block the imagination, extinguish the willingness to explore. Inclusive thinking drives us to search further, looking for hidden messages and meanings by viewing the available information in many different ways and to consider lots of possible outcomes before taking action.”

Inclusive thinkers are driven by natural curiosity and creativity to go beyond the known. They connect with people and ideas in a virtuous circle. They celebrate differences rather than pre-judge and exclude. They consider the unimaginable.

How to Think Inclusively

Inclusive thinking is not something you can learn from a book. But you can learn it if you let the intelligence of your heart come to the fore; that is, if you think with your heart and allow yourself to visualize and dream audaciously about what you want to achieve, without restraint. It’s about being able to see the whole playing field and finding opportunities in this bigger picture. This process actually brings you closer to people and will bring new people into your life. Inclusive thinking is literally a life-changing experience.

“This is the power of ‘thinking big’, opines Fred. “Big thoughts are the inclusive thoughts of an open mind — a mind full of ideas, of people, of passions. We consider people and ideas that may never have crossed our paths before, and we grow from those experiences.”

Farid adds, “And when you understand and can manage this process of big thinking, of being passionate and curious, you greatly increase your chances of success. Curiosity is a learning mindset, and when you’re curious, you’re passionate, and passion drives you to do your best.”

Or, as Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”