To be more independent-minded, you've to not know what most others think.
Because if you don't know what most others think, you cannot blindly follow their beliefs and hence you will have to be independent-minded.
But a conventional minded person will probably feel anxious about not knowing the conventions.
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Independent mindedness is largely inborn, but you can still magnify it in yourself.
Or at least, prevent yourself from diminishing it.
There are 3 ways:
We'll go into details.
Briefly, all novel ideas come from curiosity.
That's how people feel before finding them.
Independent mindedness and curiosity can predict each other.
(Except in children, because all children are curious.)
Fastidiousness about Truth means being careful about the degree to which you believe in something
Conventional thinkers often think if something is probable, it is certain.
And if something is unlikely, it's impossible.
But Independent thinkers don't believe anything, about any topic they care about, until they've carefully verified it.
When you're young, it's super important for you to consider which type of work you wanna be doing.
Because you can either be independent-minded or conventional minded. And it, more or less, depends on birth.
People who are naturally Independent Minded will find tasks, that require only being correct, frustrating.
Similarly, naturally Conventional Minded people find tasks, that require thinking different, frustrating.
To be more independent-minded, surround yourself with Independent thinkers
If you be with conventional thinkers, you won't be able to freely express your novel ideas.
Whereas around independent thinkers, you'll find people sharing and appreciating their ideas. This will encourage you to do the same.
There's a definite correlation between having a sense of humour and being independent-minded.
And there is also a correlation between being humourless and thinking conventionally.
People often don't really know if they're conventional thinkers or independent thinkers.
It's all about these 3 things:
To be more independent-minded, be sceptical.
When someone says something to you, ask yourself "is that true?"
You'll find "yes" is not always an answer.
Some of what most people believe in will be proved false in the future, see if you can guess which ones.
Don't let anybody tell you your novel ideas are almost like practical jokes.
All mainstream ideas of today were "stupid" back in the day.
Like letting strangers sleep in your house. (AirBnB)
There are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. A scientist can make the most impact if his or her ideas are correct as well as novel. An essay will be more interesting if the essayist has something unique to say. An investor will find room to make money if he or she has some insights that the market hasn't quite figured out. In most cases, a startup finds success in doing things that are deemed as bad idea.
Being open-minded is a quality that makes us receptive to a diverse range of ideas, arguments and perspectives that may not align with our own.
If we are not open-minded, we may not be able to think critically or rationally in any given situation, making us unable to see all aspects of a problem and to come up with a balanced solution.
Our culture praises originality and creativity. We want our students to think for themselves and not follow blindly.
But thinking for oneself does not mean zero input from others. It means, first, thinking through the ideas of other people. Creativity depends on copying others' ideas.
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