How to Foster ‘Shoshin’

Approaching issues with a beginner’s mind or a healthy dose of intellectual humility can help to counter the disadvantages of intellectual hubris. People who are more intellectually humble actually know more, presumably because they are more receptive to new information. Similarly, being intellectually humble is associated with open-mindedness and a greater willingness to be receptive to other people’s perspectives — arguably just the tonic that our politically febrile world needs today. Therefore, fostering your own beginner’s mind will help you to become more knowledgeable, less overconfident, and more willing to engage with others — traits that are also increasingly sought after by leading employers.

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