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If get less curious you grow older; if you get more curious you grow younger.

Curiosity fuels exploration and leads to discoveries. When you have all answers you stagnate; when you get curious, you start discovering.




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Unlearn to forget that something was perceived as impossible and to open your mind to a world of unlimited possibilities.

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Silence all your knowledge, adopt a beginner’s mind, get curious, and look outside and inside yourself with new eyes to discover new outside-the-box possibilities for creating a breakthrough.

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Your knowledge from previous experience dominates your perceptions. Make it a habit to see people and things around you with fresh eyes everyday.

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Adopt a Beginner’s Mind to see the world around you with fresh eyes and inspire curiosity, ‘Why? What If?’ questions, outside-the-box thinking and new discoveries.

Ask childish questions to challenge your knowledge-based assumptions, refresh your perceptions, and discover something brand new.




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Make it a habit to arise in the morning with a beginner’s mind – think of what a special privilege is to be alive, to breath, to see all these wonderful things around you.

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Benefits of Adopting a Beginner’s Mind

Inspiration. A Beginner’s Mind gives you the opportunity to see the world around you with fresh eyes and inspires curiosity, exploration, learning, outside-the-box thinking, discovery, and disruptive innovation.

Discoveries. Serendipity and outside-the-box thinking may be triggered equally well by seeing new things and by looking at old things with new eyes.

Gratitude. It’s easy to take many good things in life for granted. By seeing your life with fresh eyes, you can truly appreciate and enjoy what you might otherwise lose sight of.

How To Cultivate a Beginner’s Mind

Remember that nothing makes you blinder than a point of view. Learn to unlearn! Treat your knowledge as blinders that allow you to see what is in front of you but don’t let you look around. Take these blinders off to see the big picture.

Put yourself in the shoes of a complete stranger and look at things with new eyes to make new discoveries. Look around with an open mind and childlike curiosity to be able to see things that you would otherwise be closed to.

Stop assuming you know the answers and forget about problems – look for possibilities and ask searching and ‘What If?’ questions instead.

Free yourself of preconceptions and expectations. Forget about rules and run your imagination wild.


Benefits of Curiosity

The spring of curiosity, if experimented with, can be grown into a river of achievements. Curiosity focuses attention, fuels exploration, and leads to discoveries.

Be Curious To Keep Making Discoveries

•Enjoy wandering mentally into unknown territories – both outside and inside yourself.
•Replace judgment with curiosity. Keep asking searching questions and exploring to keep discovering and growing.
•Be creatively dissatisfied and expect to make accidental discoveries any moment.
•Free your mind from preconceptions, fixed ideas, judgment, and expectations. Adopt a beginner’s mind, look at old things with new eyes and ask inventive ‘Why? What If?’ questions.
•Play with different things around you. Try to connect randomly picked things, solutions, words, thoughts or ideas in an unusual but meaningful combination.
•Curiously notice outside-the-box behaviors and remarks of others.


The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

"I learn as much from a turtle as from a religious text." ~ Dalai Lama.

"The most important thing is to not stop questioning." ~ Albert Einstein

“We begin with beginner’s mind, and then, if we’re lucky, we deepen it, or return to it.” ~ Joseph Goldstein

How to Cultivate Beginner’s Mind for a Fresh Perspective


When you are new to something, you don’t know anything about it. In order to open your mind to learn, and develop understanding, you adopt a unique mindset.

In this state of mind, you are:

Free of preconceptions of how anything works

Free of expectations about what will happen

Filled with curiosity to understand things more deeply

Open to a world of possibilities, since you don’t yet know what is or isn’t possible

Just think back to what it’s like when little kids learn about something. Children are overflowing with questions. Their imaginations run wild. They ask both simple questions that are obvious, and profound questions that you’ve never considered.

Children are natural at this, because they’re always beginners at something. But as you get older, it’s easy to lose touch with the qualities of mind that once came so naturally.

The Curse of Knowledge

Most people spend their lives trying to become experienced in a field, expert in a subject-area, or skilled at a craft.

Beginner’s Mind seems to run in opposition to that trajectory. Because of this, the idea can feel uncomfortable!

Why would you abandon what you know about the world, even for a moment?

Isn’t it better to have expertise, knowledge, and understanding?

Experience is indeed a wonderful thing. It often helps you do things at a higher level.

But knowledge and understanding of how things work can prevent you from seeing clearly what’s in front of you.

After all…

Benefits of Beginner’s Mind

Cultivating beginner’s mind gives you the opportunity to see the world around you with fresh eyes.

The benefits of this mindset cut across many factors of life, and contribute to:

Deeper Gratitude: It’s easy to lose sight of the many good things in life that lift you up. By seeing your life from a fresh perspective, you can appreciate what you might otherwise take for granted.

More Creativity: When you work in a particular field, and see a similar set of problems time and time again, habits of thinking become engrained. But deliberately experiencing a problem with the mind of a beginner can provide a fresh perspective on existing challenges. You’ll explore opportunities that you didn’t previously consider

Greater Intention: When you’re familiar with something, it’s easy to go into “autopilot”. Beginner’s mind helps you slow you down to see what you’re doing in greater clarity, and avoid the drawbacks of mindlessly “going through the motions.”

More Fun: Beginner’s mind helps you re-acquaint yourself with the interesting aspects of everything you do. Relive the reasons why you started doing those things in the first place!

More Playfulness: When did life become so serious? Adopting the mindset of a child can help you get playful, curious, and expansive with whatever subject or activity you’re focused on.

Greater Wonder: The world is a magnificent place, full of beauty. But if you view life through the lens of “same sh*t as always!” you’ll never have an opportunity to see it.

With all those benefits in mind, you might be wondering…

“How can I start to cultivate beginner’s mind on a regular basis?”

Below are a number of practices to get you started.

10 Exercises to Develop Beginner’s Mind

When you’re used to knowing what you know, thinking like a beginner can be surprisingly challenging!

To make the process of cultivating beginner’s mind in a given scenario easier, try these 10 exercises:

Identify your expectations, and flip them around

What have you assumed to be true about this experience or topic? Can you 100% know that it’s true? What would happen if you did the opposite?

Go slowly

With known topics, you tend to operate on autopilot. By deliberately slowing down, you can force yourself to experience each step of a given activity more deeply. Physically slow down your movements, and your mind tends to follow.

Avoid pre-judgement

When you think you know how something will go, resist the temptation to assume. Instead, take time to wait and see. Can you really know that it will happen in the way you assumed it will?

Break the topic down into building blocks

Try to distill the topic or exercise into a simpler form. What are the basic elements at play here? How do they relate to one-another? Which elements are most important? Which could you get rid of?

Get curious by channeling your inner five-year-old

Ask someone to explain a problem or subject to you in as simple language as possible. Don’t assume anything. Ask them the simplest questions, like “Why?” and “How does that work?” and “Why do you do it that way?” and “Can you say more about that?” (Or, swap roles, and try your hand at explaining it in the simplest language possible.)

Eliminate “should” from your vocabulary

It’s fine to make hypotheses about how something will go. But “should”s attach yourself to an outcome. Let go of any expected outcome to remain open to broader possibilities.

Get rid of your extra arrows

If you were learning archery for the first time, and had a quiver full of arrows, you might not consider your first shot very thoroughly. After all, if it doesn’t go well, you know you have more attempts. But what if the instructor only gave you one arrow? How might you approach things differently if you knew you only had one shot at it? Seek understanding, and do so mindfully.

Detach from your ego’s desire to be seen as an expert

The ego likes to protect itself by knowing things and being right. But being right is rarely the real goal. Focus instead on seeing reality as it is, without bias.

Get fully present to the experience at hand

Open your senses to what you’re experiencing, as if you’d never experienced it before. What do you see/hear/smell/feel/taste? What patterns exist? What is confusing? (Why?) What makes sense? (Why?)

Meditate to practice seeing clearly, without judgment

In mindfulness meditation, the practice is to non-judgmentally observe the rising and passing of thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment. In meditation, notice when you begin to expect how things should go, like what you’ll feel, or what you’ll think. This awareness of expectation provides an opportunity to let go, and return to your breathing. Remind yourself that every meditation is different, and that each breath is unique. Then, open yourself to the next breath…And the next…

Begin Again, Begin Again

At the onset of a new experience, it’s impossible not to have the mindset of a beginner.

But as time moves along, these attitudes drift away. As knowledge and understanding root themselves in your mind, your aperture of consideration narrows.

Cultivating Beginner’s Mind is a way to reverse this limiting tendency.

Seeing things anew brings fresh perspective to old sights, and opens up a world of intrigue and possibility in every day.

The best part about beginner’s mind is that it’s always accessible. Every week, every day, and every moment is an opportunity to begin again