There is a character trait that is overlooked but is the key to success. So often people before hiring an individual, dating someone new, or trying to feel someone out for the first time look at so many traits that are important but lack a growth aspect. Most people look for skills or traits of kindness, intercommunication skills, sociability, and team work ethic. All of these skills are beyond important but there is one that is often overlooked and more valuable than any other skill.
This is being open minded. Being open minded is the difference between someone who can get anything done, and someone that is willing to get everything done considering every factor.
A broad definition of open mindedness is receptiveness to new ideas. Open–mindedness relates to the way in which people approach the views and knowledge of others, and “incorporate the beliefs that others should be free to express their views and that the value of others’ knowledge should be recognized.”
This is not saying that they do not hold their own opinions and have strong opinions on a subject. It means that they can function within a team with people who may not hold the same beliefs. That they are willing to hear a topic. That although they may never change their mind on a topic, they will at least hear out someone’s opinion to gain new knowledge or appreciation of a new perspective.
People who are open minded are naturally more empathetic, knowledgeable, and well rounded than people who have a fixed belief while disregarding any other belief system. Personally having an open mind always leads to bigger and better places. It shows that you are flexible and can tolerate circumstances that may be out of line with what you know. It makes you a life long student willing to share with others their knowledge and beliefs on a topic.
It is never too late to take off the rose colored lenses and see life through others shades of lenses. You might just like what is out there.