Maybe We Need To Start Doing Things More Radically

I've been working my way through Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferris. It is a nice book to read daily, reading one section at a time. If you like inspirational quotes, ideas, book recommendations it is a great resource (you can buy it here).

One of the quotes I read that really struck a chord with me was by Ray Dalio, "Think for yourself while being radically open-minded."

I love this idea. We tell people to think for themselves, come up with your own ideas, don't wait for someone to tell you what to do. But we all know those people that go too far with this concept, they think their idea is great and they argue against everyone.

Being open-minded means that you are open to input and suggestions. You welcome feedback and listen to it even if it isn't what you want to hear. When you add the word radically in front you take this concept to a whole new level. The definitions of radically is "in a thorough or fundamental way; completely". To be thoroughly or completely open-minded is what you need to be. It is easy to be open-minded to the positive feedback, the ideas that align with your own. But if we are going to be completely open-minded we need to hear the negative, we need to hear the ideas that don't align with ours.

What would happen if we started adding radically in front of everything we did. Radically meeting expectations, radically getting our work done, radically practicing and radically performing. I would think we would start becoming radically better and radically impacting things in ways we never imagined.


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