Beginners mind

I took some time to read a post from year or more ago and in it I referenced a beginners mind. That is such an important concept and one that I need to remember often. It’s really timeless wisdom and often completely unappreciated and under utilized in most books about leadership. I’ve been reading a particularly good book about leadership this week. It’s entitled “Resilient Leadership for Turbulent Times.” Many strategies and ideas in the book which I’ve enjoyed very much. A major surprise in the book was the overall emphasis on a reflective and contemplative stance. It was quite refreshing and an enjoyable read. However I’m not sure the phrase beginners mind is used. Having a beginners mind is really the essence of success. Keeping an open mind and staying open to possibilities are really keys to success in life. Knowing all the answers or pretending to know all the answers is always a losing proposition.

My prayer today then is to help me to keep an open mind and a grateful heart.