I really admire people who have a strong opinion, but also listen, process, and accept alternative views. It’s very easy to be closed minded, lack empathy, or go with the opinion that best suits you or aligns with your interests. Though every once and a while you meet someone who is so confident in themselves they not only listen, but welcome alternative thoughts and hope it expands and enlightens their own. Those are the people you want to surround yourself with and elicit opinions from. The folks who can see 360 as I call it, not just 180.
I’m trying to be a more 360 thinker. It’s hard and I’ve got a lot of work to do in that area. More often than not I get defensive of my opinion and attack contrarian views instead of listening. That’s wrong. There is so much I don’t know and shutting people and alternative views down is simply a sure fire way to prevent learning.
Having a strong opinion is good. Having a strong opinion while keeping an open mind is even better.