Navigating the New Year With a Beginner’s Mind

The Third Metric

November 26, 2013 |  by 

As an entrepreneurial society, we’ve experienced many things and advanced our skills to a high level. However, if we fixate our conception of the world on the systems that we build to represent it, we can lose sight of the world. Instead we just see our ideas about the world.

This is why we need to maintain what Zen Buddhists refer to as beginner’s mind or Shoshin (初心) — a certain playful absence of assumptions. As Shunyru Suzuki writes in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few,” and since we are the product of repeatedly experimenting with possibilities, we’re behooved to approach our life in such a way as to give the maximum surface area to possibility. Read the full article @HuffPost.

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