Shoshin - beginner's mind


It’s been 3 years since I shifted my “career“ towards designing learning programs and working within edtech ecosystems, as part of experimentQ.

One of the key lessons I’ve learned in this new role is that 99.9% of humans start a new career, hobby, sport, startup (you name it) by being hopelessly average, at best.

It’s a natural evolution in mastering any skill. Children move seamlessly from average to mastery by employing play and wonder. Most adults, on the other hand, rush to associate the beginning with incompetence and lock themselves up into a fixed mindset, avoiding social embarrassment.

The truth is, our ability be self aware, while getting ready to venture into new learning journeys and to cope with frustrations that come from frequent failures make us the ultimate “adapting machines”. Average - is simply the start of a new learning journey, if we choose growth.

The Japanese have a word of this phenomenon: Shoshin - the beginner’s mind. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.