Beginners Mind (Read time 0:43)
Back in the day I made plenty of mistakes because I was so “overconfident.” As a hot-shot, CEO publisher at 29, I huffed & puffed around the office like I knew what I was doing, wearing bravado like a gold record around my neck. It was only due to years of reading the words of many wise swamis and cool sages, like Suziki, that I learned to reside in a “beginners mind.”
Consider the words of Suzuki as he whispers to us from his grave:
|Posted By joe|
| zen mind |
I too read that book many years ago and have always remained true to beginner's mind.. that's why after 30 years on my main instrument i switched to another.. and that's what i tell my students constantly.. beginner's mind.. only a beginner has the rare opportunity to learn and develope without the critical mistakes that make a strong foundation impossible.. I am doing the same on my current instrument and many are amazed at my progress after only 4 years.. it's not talent I tell them.. it's beginner's mind.. great blog as usual michael.. thank you :-)
|Posted By BJ|
| the mirror in the mind |
It sure is a tricky situation when my very creative beginners mind meet up with my mature experienced self. It often escalates into a mental tug of war between playfulness, business, hopefulness, hopelessness and mindfulness - and luckily often ends up in happiness whenever I let the voice of the collective consciousness function as chairman of the board. Thank you for yet another reminder of self awareness Michael. You have a wonderful way of putting the finger where it hurts the most.
|Posted By wichampi|
There are the fruits of experience and the fruits of always abandoning to the unknown with the curiosity and enthusiasm of the happy child in us...the beginner. A friend once quoted me what I believe is from the Bible (?) "I grow older learning something new every day".(Much love to you Michael and all the blog family.)Overconfidence comes with ego imbalance.We all have to live with inner peace and humility.If we all did,war would be an unknown word.
|Posted By Cowboy Surfer|
| Check it at the door... |
You know Michael, humility is very difficult for some people, especially creative types who are coddled and praised all their lives into thinking they are special or better than others. Being a dog eat dog industry at times, you almost have to develop a "killer" instinct to survive and excel in this competitive world. Whether an entertainer, athlete or business person, this drive for success is ingrained into our society. Running a small label, recording studio and PR agency, I see this every day. I always counsel my clients to check their egos at the door, be the best you can be and work harder than you thought you could. Otherwise, as Suzuki suggested, your options become limited and uninspired.
|Posted By xonefive|
| Beginners Mind |
Marvin, my Tai Chi instructor once told me, 'if you practice everyday for 80 years you are still a beginner. Thank you for the timely reminder today Michael.
|Posted By Berington|
| Beginner's Mind |
Michael, I have a current client (a young trio) recording a few songs in my studio, who've never done any such work before. You couldn't have described the painfully frustrating scenario with them ANY better. They're OKAY writers, NOT good musicians, & I've been producing their recordings at their request, playing 98% of the instr. work. Well after some "sounds GOOD!"s, etc, they strongly believe they're Stars, on their OWN merit, looking to sign a record deal (WON'T happen!); I can almost see them planning a world tour! What's happening is EXACTLY as you described, "career-icidal" decisions, burning bridges L&R, & they'll be left w nothing, wondering what hit 'em! SO nice to start... now, hmmm. Very sad. Thank you!
|Posted By mark grove|
| Doing well and staying humble |
We all meet someone in this life who likes to brag or think they're better than anyone. That doesn't last long. Even if you make major Cashola, and have a thriving music business,you have to be humble,serve others and create value. Don't be into things just for you. Spread what you know around to others and if you can afford it, spread the wealth too. I'm in this music life because I love it. Blues is the music that matters most to me and helping blues cats. Chad Kroeger, a well known canadian musician said that doing things strictly for money is bad luck. I may not have the words not exactly right. But you get the gist. Thanks again for your words that keep us helping others in music.
|Posted By Denise L. Cook, The ORACLE|
| Beginners Mind |
I am, all-ways have been and all-ways will be a perpetual student of love, life and the ultimate knowledge of G-D and the Universe. Thanks for this posting JM. ORACLE "all-ways remember to love yourself"
|Posted By Lisa Jane|
| Starting over |
Wonderful reminder & it makes me think of a side benefit to anyone troubled over their past. If one can truly embrace the stance of a beginner, then there is an automatic clearing of the past & the opportunity to "begin again" with fresh eyes & hopefully a fresh heart.
|Posted By Fear Is Dead|
| Thanks |
I've been feeling that, but couldn't quite put it into words. Thanks Michael
|Posted By Rachel|
| The problem with joy |
Joy is that uncontrollable energy that bubbles out of the saddest soul, unexpectedly so, making the serious look foolish,the dignified loose his cool, the sane look mad, truly misunderstood. Childlike.
|Posted By Claire Smith|
| beginner's mind |
Thank you for this posting! A great reminder and also helpful if one has lost their way--go back to beginner's mind! Thank you again!
|Posted By Wanda Wood|
| Beginners Mind |
Well said! Overconfidence and entitlement cause problems in all faucets of life but more so in the entertainment industry. Best medicine, surround yourself with people who keep it real.
|Posted By Lou Cooper|
| Confidence (all or none) |
Don't mistake enthusiasm, faith and commitment with overconfidence. Confidence is a tricky word, it's either there or not (all or none). I love working with people who are confident, open minded and coachable.
|Posted By Bob Trumbel|
| A real Gem |
I Read that book 3o years ago and it still holds true today. Great reminder Michael!
|Posted By Donna Morsay|
| Achient wisdom works for me! |
Oh wise one! You have verbalized another truth. Never be so confident that you jeopardize your beginnerís mind. Always be teachable. Leave room for new knowledge. Leave room to flex your creative muscle. Overconfidence is the first sign of ignorance. Overconfidence is a lie and betrays your true Self. These are my take-away messages.