A fearless mind is a unique mind. Most people can't think beyond the surface of their own motives and values. A "set mind" is one that refuses to grow, but a mindset is one that accepts the opportunities to grow. Puppets work by the controls of their masters; their moves and mannerisms are robotic and pre-determined. There are a lot of people in the world that either want to control puppets or want you to think like a puppet. To think outside the box, you have to be ready to accept critism and questions, and you have to have the ability and confidence to see things from all points-of-views.
A mindset will face hostility because it's complicated. People with the ability to think in a multitude of ways about society and culture, i.e. LIFE, scare those that can't. For example, having a conversation with someone who has lived the same way most of their life, is completely different than talking to someone that has seen or experienced different ways of living. The ability of our mind to absorb information and understanding relies on the experiences we've exposed it to advertently or inadvertently, and allowed it to learn from.
My career in education has taught me a lot and continues to. Before I became an administrator, I was a teacher. I came into education with a cookie-cutter perception of how a teacher operates. My ideas about teaching were very surface level: you plan a lesson on the subject area you teach; you give the lesson to the kids; you give the kids a test; you make the kids behave; then you repeat the process- this was my initial outlook on teaching. I'm actually glad I came into the profession such an underexposed rookie, with such an oblivious mindset on teaching. The key is I was willing to grow as a learner, because no one had set my mind on what teaching SHOULD be; I simply had assumptions- which are easier to grow from.
My first year of teaching was all about getting to know my students; the realities about who they were transformed how I taught and what I thought about teaching. Through my students, I recalled the core values and motives I had as a student; I remembered the "why" I did what I did, and the "why" my peers who were different from me did what they did. Everything in my approach to teaching changed once I found purpose in why I taught what I taught, and passion in why I did what I did- this is a different mindset.
The more experience and tenure I gained in the profession, the more my mindset begin to question the things that were supposed to be a given. I stopped going to trainings, workshops, and even department meetings and just taking the material or information and using it or not using it with my students or for my personal development; I assess value in the information I'm given. I think about were it came from? Why it was given? Who it really targets? Why it would work and why it may not? I watch and listen to others talk about what they feel about what goes on in the culture of schools and society. I listened very intently for their beliefs, and then I watch what they say or do when others express theirs. I've learned that a "set mind" quickly reveals itself; it doesn't challenge any notions or assertions. It's controversial but not because it's trivial, simply because it's cultivated in resisting opportunities to gain new insight or opinions that doesn't fit in its box. It searches for answers first and not reflection.
Inventors think outside the box. They think of the possibilities of connecting the impossible connections. An innovative thinker will form an image and set their mind on the desire to achieve it, but open their mindset to the possibilities of how to reach it. Each contributing factor to achieving anything in life should be approached with ideas and attitudes that manifest inventive investments in successfully achieving opportunities.
Reflect on how your mindset or "set mind" is creating opportunities in your life or not. The non-negotiables in your thinking are only valuable when they are progressive. If something is not working, if you keep falling short, look outside the box and re-invent your mindset to achieving it.