An Uncomfortable Luxury

In one of her essays, Maria Popova suggests that you should "Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind."

This small piece of advice is incredibly powerful.

For most of my life, I've been a stubborn person. I've clung to certain ideas and beliefs far longer than I should have. 

It's easy to get caught up in your own perspective. It's hard to cope with cognitive dissonance and confront realities that challenge your worldview.

But Maria's advice tells us that it's ok to admit our ignorance. It's ok to change our minds.

It feels like there's a stigma against this flexibility. People who change their minds too easily are seen as wishy-washy or weak. 

But I think it takes strength to shift our views. If we're too set in our ways, then we can't grow. 

As Socrates said, "Admitting one's ignorance is the beginning of wisdom".