Openness embodies breaking away from our comfort zones and routines that have outlived their usefulness, in favour of growth, innovation and even happiness. In spite of this, subscription to Openness for most people is not an automatic choice.
In this lesson, we’ll look at practical steps you could take to imbibe openness and become a high-achiever yourself.
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You now know that the five core personality traits, shortened for convenience into the acronym OCEAN, stands for Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
We have also presented research studies as scientific evidence to show that there is a strong correlation between Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness and Achievement Orientation. The correlation between extraversion and achievement is weak, at best. And there is no correlation between neuroticism and achievement.
Fantastic! So, what’s next?
In this module so far we’ve seen that high achievement is a derivative of:
In this lesson, we’ll look at practical steps you could take to imbibe these and become a high-achiever yourself.
We’ll cover ‘managing self’ in a two-part lesson and explore ‘managing people’ and ‘cultivating a conducive environment’ subsequently.
So, let’s get on with…
Managing self is linked to the traits of Openness and Conscientiousness. In this lesson, the first of two-parts, we’ll have a look at Openness, and we’ll cover conscientiousness in the second part.
Here’s how we imbibe Openness as a trait:
The ‘Spirit of inquiry’, popularly known as a ‘scientific attitude’ is a persistent sense of curiosity that serves learning as well as experimentation and practice. A professional infused by a spirit of inquiry will raise questions, challenge traditional and existing practices, and seek creative approaches to problem-solving. A spirit of inquiry suggests, to some degree, a childlike sense of wonder – encouraging innovative thinking and uncovering possibilities for discovering novel solutions.
Here are some reflective questions that could spark off your own Spirit of Inquiry
Let’s be honest – being open to new experiences is downright scary. It involves doing things that are out of our carefully crafted comfort zones. So, most of us just find righteous ways to rationalize why we can’t or shouldn’t do them.
And that’s a tragedy. Because, trying new things whether it’s traveling to a new place, learning a new skill, or just doing something unfamiliar – can be really uplifting and rewarding.
Here are some recommendations on how to prime yourself to be open to new experiences when these opportunities present themselves:
Openness embodies breaking away from our comfort zones and routines that have outlived their usefulness, in favour of growth, innovation and even happiness. In spite of this, subscription to Openness for most people is not an automatic choice. One has to actively manage oneself to be open to new experiences and learning, and that in itself, can be a learning curve. It’s worth it though because in the end, it’s only through innovation, new learning and fresh perspectives that high achievement truly comes about.
For now, please take the quiz at the end of this lesson in order to proceed.