The beginner’s mindset is about approaching all that comes your way with the curiosity, humility, and patience of a person who is engaging with this task for the very first time.
Why is the beginner’s mindset a productive way to start and build something?
- A beginner is curious. Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” A beginner is comfortable with this strong desire to know and learn.
- A beginner is humble. Being a beginner absolves you from any delusion of self-importance. A beginner approaches tasks with the reverence and respect required.
- A beginner is patient. A beginner has the capacity to accept delays and suffering without getting overly upset. This tolerance is paramount when trying to build a company, relationship, or anything else that endures.
- A beginner understands that temporary failure is part of enduring success. Failure is one of the most effective tools for learning. There . . . you failed. Now you know what doesn’t work and can focus on what might.
- A beginner is free of expectations. Experts suffer from pressure to live up to expectations from themselves and others. But beginners — we are free! We are free to create and fail, try again, have a detour, and then succeed.
- A beginner asks for help. By asking for help, you bring more diversity of thought into your venture than if you rely solely on what you think you already know.
- A beginner can respond to the inner critic. We all have that voice that tells us we are not good enough. It may feel like a bully lives inside your head in a rent-controlled apartment and won’t ever move out. A beginner can evict that bully by reminding it that you are just getting started and are figuring things out.