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The Beginner's Mind

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September 26, 2020

We have two minds: an expert mind and a beginner’s mind. In Japanese Buddhism, a beginner's mind is called shoshin. It is a mindset where you maintain an attitude of openness, eagerness, and flexibility. In a beginner's mind, there are no expectations and preconceived ideas. He sees things with an open mind, just like a beginner. You approach every opportunity and experience with openness and non-judgment. As something new that has something new to offer. 

In an expert's mind, you judge everything. You have a preconceived idea of everything. You perceive good and bad. You perceive ease and difficulty. Everything has a name and a meaning and a definition. 

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Ruhul Kader is a technology business and technology policy analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at [email protected]

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