A skeptic requires real hard evidence or solid proof to believe in something. Meanwhile the open-minded person is light years ahead because they were unafraid of being wrong, looking stupid in the eyes of others and trusted their judgment.
Think open-minded, yet discerning. Don't believe everything that comes down the pike yet don't reject it on contact.
Skeptics' thoughts are like jailors. Their thoughts instantly dismiss the unlimited number of possibilities because "they know better." Many are proud of being skeptical too. This is a product of their ego, patting itself on the back for "not looking like a fool" or "not buying into a scam." Meanwhile the guy who's open minded, who doesn't let his damaging ego call the shots, has tried and failed at more than one opportunity, has found his calling and is now making a small fortune. He didn't care about looking foolish in the eyes of others or failing. He just saw opportunity.
Virtually every billionaire, world-renowned person or sage had an army of skeptics who believed they were a loon. Meanwhile the loons changed humanity while the skeptics proceed to live a bland life.
What's your take on skepticism?