You know those selfies that people take? They used to be called Kodak Moments. Why are we not calling them #Kodak moments, #Komos, #Kodies or #Komodies? Because Kodak failed to change their minds about film until it was too late.
“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” ~John Maynard Keynes
When was the last time you changed your mind about something important?
The social nature of our humanity puts great pressure on many of us to be consistent in our thinking. Is this a good thing?
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO, doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait.
His observation is that “the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.”
It takes courage to change one’s mind. Change can be scary. Disrupting the status quo even more so. It’s important to recognize however that not being able to revise your understanding when presented with new facts or not being open to new points of view is at odds with progress, growth, and learning.
What you might think is dedication, loyalty or a desire not to be seen as lacking in confidence, is really just a recipe for stagnation.
Being open-minded is a good thing. It’s not a breach of integrity. Remember, intelligence is often considered to be more about the ability to adapt to new situations, than the ability to make good decisions based on the same ideas.
“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” ~Ellen Glasgow
Before you rush off and plunk your life savings on a Ferrari, please note that this post is not supposed to be a green light signaling a mindless launch into a free for all, change of mind tailspin where logic becomes extinct. When we make changes they must be calculated and they must be for the better.
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