As we get older and set in our ways, we can lose our flexibility. Not just the flexibility that allows our bodies to move freely, but also the flexibility that allows us to think and act freely. We may also lose the flexibility to innovate in our small businesses. We tend to dismiss new ideas and new ways to look at the things that have become so familiar to us. The truth is that things change and new ideas can be very good (even if not conceived by someone of our generation).

Today, I share a quote from Herbert Spencer who wrote:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

Simply put, if we dismiss an idea as bad or wrong based on our current life and business experiences, we may be overlooking ideas that have great value. Maybe, over time, some new ideas surface that can improve our lives and businesses but we do not consider them only because they are different.

At, we are always on the lookout for new ways to improve lives and small businesses. We present them to you in non-threatening ways in hopes that you will allow yourself to flex a little and consider something new to you. So, before you assume that a new thought or idea is bad or wrong based on your current life experiences, take a few moments to investigate. You might enjoy the new flexibility.

In this TEDx example, Bob Roitblat explains the importance of innovating and listening to new ideas before discounting them.

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