Having an open mind means being willing to read/listen/watch opinions you don’t agree with. If all you do is give yourself to what you believe to be right or true then you’ll never grow. In order to fully understand anything one must be willing to completely see what the middle and other side says. If you’re not willing to do that then you’re fostering a closed mind whether you know it or not. Open mindedness is a lifestyle. It’s a choice. It’s a decision that says “I don’t know it all and am willing to listen to what all sides have to say”. In this way an open mind is indispensable to growth, understanding and effectiveness.