Amy Krause Fulford, very nice article, thanks a lot!
I really agree with you that curiosity and open-mindedness are underrated and hard to maintain these days.
So what to do about this?
As Steve Jobs said: “Stay Hungry. Stay foolish.”
1. Understand rather than persuade. Love questions and don’t care that much for answers. Instead of answers, what you look for is understanding, which is getting why a particular answer is the right answer to a question, not that it is. Don’t allow your feelings of how things ‘should’ be to influence your opinions. See being wrong as an opportunity. You’ll have more fun and you’ll have better relationships.
2. Learn from others. Founder of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio said it well: “Closed mindedness is terribly costly. It causes you to lose out on all kinds of wonderful possibilities and dangerous threats that other people might be showing you.” If you’re too proud of what you know, you will learn less, make inferior decisions and fall short of your potential. You will fail to benefit from other people’s thinking. Don’t let your ego rob you from these insights.
If we get attached to our opinions, we no longer move forward.
Steve Jobs understood this.
Remaining foolish means not letting your need to be right overshadow your need to find out what’s true.
Remaining hungry means choosing improvement over confirmation and uncertainty over defensiveness — replacing attachment to always being right with the joy of learning what’s true.