The moment that we stop learning, or refuse to believe that what we believe could possibly be wrong we are shutting out a world of possibility. Don’t let it happen to you, keep your eyes and ears open at all times because you may just learn something.
People often think that what they are doing is the only way to accomplish something. That this way or that way is the “best” way to get to the desired goal. When we will all learn that there are typically several ways to get something done? Some ways are better than others for various reasons and some are not, but there is ALWAYS more than one way. In the fitness industry people are always stating how this is the only way to get stronger, faster, leaner, healthier, skinner etc… or that this system or that system is the ‘only’ way, but is that really true? Is it ever true in any field? I doubt it. Whenever you think that you have something totally figured out that is the moment that you really don’t know what your talking about. When you close your mind to other paths you are missing out on a ton of other great options that may in fact be better than what you are already doing. Of course this is not always true, often I have thought “this is a great way to do ______” and sometimes I like to think that I am right, but then every so often I learn something about what I am doing that changes my opinion. The main issue is that if your opinion cannot be changed, or if you don’t have an open enough mind to explore contradictory options or opinion then you are just doing the same thing over and over again assuming it is always going to be the best way!
I think it is summed up like this: when you are 18 you think you know about 70% of the 100 things there are to know and when you are 80 you think you know about 7% of the 1,000,000,000 things there are to know. Where the problem comes in is when we decide that our 18-year-old intelligence level is good enough to last a lifetime.