Often a closed mind is met with fewer question, share, and ideas.
Close mindedness does not invite the dynamic collaboration and growth possible.
A close minded individual is much like a dam that doesn't allow the river of learning and teaching to flow.
We can all be close minded at times, and this is something we need to be aware of.
When do we halt new ideas?
When do we not listen to another person's point of view?
When are we resistant to trying something new even when research and examples demonstrate the worth of the new tool, resource, expert, or path?
Yet sometimes we may close our minds and energy towards an idea, action, or reaction because we know better--our past experience, research, or ideas have shown us a better way.
But, most times, it's best to remain open minded; to listen, and entertain a new idea, path, or resource.
It's in our thoughtful and open minded collaboration that we often do our best work.