The Power of Open Mindedness

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“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

Being open minded can help us get more and more opportunities that we may have not expected at all. We have such a mind boggling case below which highlights the power of open mindedness.

It was the year 1960. It was summer season in Delhi, India. The scorching summer heat was unbearable. Heat strokes were not something unusual.

An old man, aged 64, amidst such difficulties, was struggling to distribute his writings in the form of magazines. Ordered by his Guru, he wanted to create a revolution through his spiritual and revolutionary teachings.

He had the knowledge, a strong purpose and an action plan. He was a one-man army! He failed, again and again, yet, he was unstoppable! Its then when one of his friends suggested, “Magazines are temporary, but books are permanent.” He gave it a thought and accepted. Today, his ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ is translated in more than 77 languages and creating a worldwide revolution.

“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.” — Mark W. Perrett

We are all intelligent beings. We generate ideas. Often, people being too attached to their own ideas, sacrifice the best they could for the good they can! Why?

Being the source of the idea, people become attached to it and closes the door for feedback from outside! They feel they are safeguarding their idea when they are just hampering its growth rejecting the different perspectives! Living in their own world, possessing their own small idea, they kill the vast opportunities to rise!

The above story tells how the protagonist accepted an advice from an insignificant person seriously, with an open mind, which ultimately changed the shape of his journey!

During the war of Kurukshetra, Arjuna was not ready to fight because of his own idea of the results. Krishna, however, gave him a higher perspective to act upon, ‘to establish righteousness’. Arjuna accepted with an open mind. Result? Arjuna became a victor instead of a victim!

Be open minded! Give a thought on the ideas and the opinions from outside. Don’t settle for good. Go for the best! Think, act and RISE!!!

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