The importance of being intentionally naïve

September 28, 2017

“Sometimes I have to remember to forget,” writes Matt Reed, adding that “experience has its undeniable virtues. … But if you’re not careful, it can also get in the way.” The author notes that professionals can often fall into the habit of poking holes in new ideas before they have a chance to get off the ground, adding that the ability to suspend one’s critical negativity can be crucial to preserving a sense of optimism and creativity in the workplace. Reed adds that giving oneself permission to suspend disbelief requires one to let go of grievances that are no longer productive in order to “generate that naivete that allows breathing room for real progress.” Inside Higher Ed