A Beginner’s Mind


The last section of Chapter 9: Be a Learner of Onward focuses on A Beginner’s Mind. The idea here is that you approach life from a learner’s stance, and not just with those new activities that engage in, but adopt this mindset with those activities that are familiar to you as well.

The blog “Approaching Life with Beginner’s Mind” shares this definition: What is beginner’s mind? It’s dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner. If you’ve ever learned something new, you can remember what that’s like: you’re probably confused, because you don’t know how to do whatever you’re learning, but you’re also looking at everything as if it’s brand new, perhaps with curiosity and wonder. That’s beginner’s mind.

This blog goes on to share what a simple task like eating breakfast can be like from a beginner’s mind. Practice this tomorrow with your breakfast and then throughout your day as you boost your resilience.