Entrepreneur Reveals the 1 Mental Barrier That You Must Overcome to Reach Your Potential
A true entrepreneurial success story, Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater, one of the world's largest and best-performing hedge funds. He started his company in a two-bedroom apartment. His description was a self-described ordinary kid and worse-than-ordinary student. Forty-two years after starting his company, Dalio decided to share his success secrets.
Be radically open-minded
A good decision is what's best for you and your company. To make good decisions, argues Dalio, a person must have the ability to explore different points of view and different possibilities, regardless of whether it hurts your ego.
Any entrepreneur nowadays will tell you they are open-minded. But are they? Are you? According to Dalio, here are some cues that will tell if you are truly open-minded.
- Close-minded people don't want their ideas challenged; open-minded people are not angry when someone disagrees.
- Close-minded people are more likely to make statements than asking questions; open-minded people genuinely believe they could be wrong.
- Close-minded people focus much more on being understood than on understanding others; open-minded people always feel compelled to see things through others' eyes.
- Close-minded people lack a deep sense of humility; open-minded people approach everything with a deep-seated fear that they may be wrong.
Dalio believes that recognizing these traits in yourself is just the first step. The second step is recognizing them in others. Once you do, "surround yourself with the open-minded ones," he says.
According to Dalio, it's critical to reframe a disagreement not as a threat, which is what your primitive brain sees, but as an opportunity to learn. "People who change their minds because they learned something are winners, whereas those who stubbornly refuse to learn are the losers," he says. Dalio points out that being open-minded doesn't mean that you blindly accept another person's conclusions. He recommends being open-minded and assertive at the same time. "You should hold and explore conflicting possibilities in your mind while moving fluidly toward whatever is likely to be true based on what you learn," he says.
Dalio offers several recommendations to help you develop the habit of being radically open-minded. Among them:
"Sincerely believe that you might not know the best possible path" Dalio says that recognizing what you don't know is more important than whatever it is you know for sure.
"Recognize that decision making is a two-step process: First, take in all the relevant information, then decide." Dalio says it's here that many entrepreneurs get tripped up. Most people are reluctant to consider information that is inconsistent with their worldview or the conclusion they've already arrived at.
For most entrepreneurs, their goal is to build the best company and the best life they possibly can. Disagreements, debate, and feedback all serve the ultimate purpose--to reach the best decision. Setting aside your ego could be your ultimate competitive advantage. "If you are too proud of what you know ... you will learn less, make inferior decisions, and fall short of your potential," says Dalio.
You can read Dalio's full story here. (Source: inc.com)