Photo: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, UK – photo by Rotana Ty
“Empty mind, ready for anything, open to everything; beginner’s mind many possibilities, experts few.” — Shunryu Suzuki
Our world is in a constant change. On technological, societal, geopolitical and / or ecological levels. To adapt to those changes, we need to keep learning and experimenting like a rookie does in any profession.
When we start from scratch, we have few or no bias. I can say I don’t know. I can explore new resources. Found on our own, curated by someone else or even recommended by a trusted peer. We decide why, where and how to start.
We may need a guide – a person or a content – for beginning. What matters more is doing it. What matters is to keep moving forward. One step at a time. Otherwise we may procrastinate and regret of not doing anything to learn. To have a beginner’s mind is to learn from our first success and failure. It is also a way to learn to know more and to live.
What was the last time you said to yourself: it was my first that I___ (fill what is popping up, right now)? It can be rewarding to do something new for the first time. It may also be a way to get more energy and motivation for continuing a new experience.
Would I have more energy and drive if…
… I travel abroad for the first time?
…. I meet people outside my industry for the first time?
… I scuba dive in the Arctic sea for the first time?
… I climb a mountain for the first time?
Being a new explorer in a promising field or a niche. It is how I work, learn and play on the edge. An early adopter. I can see how a movement rises with the early instigators and contributors.
I can gain influence in an ecosystem. I love experimenting and iterating new ideas with game-changing people and initiatives. But it has to start somewhere and with why.
The takeaway is to start with my interests. I don’t follow only my curiosity but I nurture it. With daily new inputs and outputs. Why? My worldview is evolving and the possibilities are emerging.
My inputs are synthesis of insights I spot. They can come from people that surround me and I engage with. They can be places I explore on the ground, experiences I did and learn from.
Having a beginner’s mind means nurturing my inspiration. It means inspiring people. It means to try something new even if I have no clue how to start. Whether it is an app or a new work or life experience.
My life is richer and much more interesting. It is a life without boredom and full of meaningless routines.