Open-Minded or Close-Minded

Here are some ways to distinguish closed-mindedness and open-mindedness in others

1. Don’t want ideas challenged vs. Curious about why there is a disagreement.

2. More likely to make statements than ask questions vs. Genuinely believe they can be wrong and ask genuine questions.

3. Focus more on being understood than understanding vs. Feel compelled to see things through others’ eyes.

4. Say things like “I could be wrong, but here’s my opinion” vs. Know when to make statements and when to ask questions.

5. Block others from speaking vs. More interested in listening than speaking.

6. Have trouble holding two thoughts in their mind simultaneously vs. Can take in the thoughts of others without losing their ability to think well

7. Lack a deep sense of humility vs. Approach everything with a deep-seated fear that they may be wrong.

Principles by Ray Dalio

Manage Time Better

Who can relate to these statements “manage time better,” “be more productive,” and “focus on what matters”? Mastering the art of time management requires saying no to something. If that doesn’t sit well with you emotionally, consider this, every time you say yes to something, you are simultaneously saying no to something else.

Here are some questions to ask yourself based on The Focus Funnel.

Eliminate – Can I live without it?
Automate – Can it be automated?
Delegate – Can it be done by someone else?
Procrastinate – Can it be done later?

Multiply your time by giving yourself the emotional permission to spend time on things today, that will give you more time tomorrow.

Source: Rory Vaden