You hear a lot of talk about being open minded today. And being open minded is useful to a degree…. When you’re in the research phase of any endeavor it’s useful to be open minded. And it’s useful to be open minded when you’re searching for new information. But there is a time and place, and that time and place is peace time. But success is not peace time. To succeed means waging war. In war you need to a closed mind. You need to be certain. You can be wrong, but you can’t be uncertain. You have to believe in your decisions and follow through. Grinding, day in and day out, again and again and again. With a closed mind to all other thoughts outside of taking care of business. Closing your mind to doubt. And uncertainty. And wanting to quit. And questioning your decision. And wondering if it’s worth it. And wondering how long it’s going to take. No, you don’t need an open mind when it comes to following through on your commitments. An open mind is for deciding on what path to follow. For modelling other people’s success and how you stack up against them. For carefully weighing all your options. For making sure you pick the most efficient path to success. But once you pull that trigger. Once you make that commitment to success. You have to close your mind to everything else. You have to keep your blinders on and keep grinding away, every, single, day. You need to have tunnel vision. You need to be tenacious, stubborn, unreasonable and relentless. You need to be INTOLERANT of doubt, despair and depression. You need to be closed minded to succeed. You need to be in it to win.