Culture and Our Ability to Embrace Change

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Today’s inspiration comes from the book, “Elastic: Unlocking Your Brain’s Ability to Embrace Change,” by Leonard Mlodinow. Have you read it? If not, I highly recommend it. You will find several secrets to unlocking your ability to be more creative, engage in divergent thinking and come up with ideas.

One of the passages I like best is: “Culture is to a group what personality is to an individual. Our culture can provide an approach to issues that will help us see solutions, but it can also hinder us. A strong cultural identity, if it produces a deeply ingrained approach to problems, can make it more difficult to change that approach, even if it is not working. On the other hand, exposing yourself to other cultures is beneficial, because those who grew up in or work within a different culture will often have different attitudes toward life, and studies show that simply interacting with such people can open our minds and increase our elasticity of thought. The broader perspective that such exposure brings makes us more likely to break our old patterns and free ourselves from rigid thought patterns that may be holding us back.”

For me, the author is saying, embrace diversity, interact with people from different cultures than your own, live in a place outside your own culture and get to know people different from yourself. You will open your mind and help yourself get unstuck!

As if I needed another reason to experience other cultures. 🙂