“If anyone can refute me — show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective — I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.”
How often do you change your mind? How often do you change your beliefs? What about your principles? Or your self-image?
How often do you admit that you were wrong?
How often do you force yourself to see things from the opposite of your usual perspective?
It can often feel like a cardinal sin to change one’s mind, to admit being wrong, but the truth is that the inability to change one’s mind is the foundation of a fixed mindset.
“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My father always used to make fun of me for having a lot of ideas. He’d say those who have lots of ideas were idiots, and I’d reply that they’re called idealists instead.
Well, the truth is, ideas can change your reality for better or worse.
Ideas can form the foundation for financial wealth, success, and fulfillment. Ideas can help us better adapt to the world around us, and in many ways, everything we’ve ever designed, built, written about, painted, or sculpted into existence began as an idea.