In Zen Buddhism, there is a word shoshin, which means beginner’s mind, which is an open, receptive mental state of learning. Having a beginner’s mind means that no matter what you already know or how much experience you have, you show up with an open mind, pretending that you don’t know anything.
This means you:
When you have a beginner’s mind, this open, curious mindset will help you:
Another way to approach this is to think of yourself as a “line cook”. In a restaurant, a line cook is the foundation of food preparation.
They make sure ingredients are ready, recipes are made to specifications and the kitchen is clean and orderly. They follow a trusted process to create delicious food consistently.
They don’t (yet) have the experience, mastery or experimental freedom of the head chef, nor (yet) the vision and creative genius of the restauranteur. They can’t (yet) improvise or create their own culinary masterpieces from scratch.
Only after years of practice and following someone else’s recipes do they experiment with new ideas. Great cooks are confident in their own creations, but it’s only because they have mastered the fundamentals.
Being a great entrepreneur, a great coach, a great teacher, a great parent, a great athlete or what have you, is just like being a great chef -- it takes a lot of practice. Not just months -- years. Future mastery requires being willing to follow a recipe, a series of steps or formulas -- all with a beginner’s mind -- before riffing off new ideas.
No matter where you are in your journey, embrace a beginner’s mind, practice acting like a line cook and follow a trusted recipe.
Whether you are a beginner, middle or professional in your field or business, A N A Solutions will help you make learning better and appropriate.