The Upside of Beginner-dom


Do you let yourself be a beginner?

Exposed, awkward, unsure and feeling your way along in the dark?

It’s hard to hide when you’re a beginner because often you don’t know what you don’t know.

But there are a lot of benefits to being a beginner–even in your area of expertise or natural abilities.

  • Being a beginner can be very freeing–you don’t have to waste time pretending you know it all or proving you’re good at it.
  • Being a beginner means you probably have fewer preconceived notions and can experience the skill or knowledge with fresh eyes–sometimes seeing or understanding things that the “pros’ have overlooked.
  • Being a beginner is being an explorer, an adventurer, eager to try what the world has to offer.
  • Having a “beginner’s mind” or attitude even in your own area of expertise means you feel comfortable receiving insight from every source which also eliminates the need to compete or win–this subtle shift can be a huge relief.
  • Being a beginner at something again means it’s okay to be rusty. You’ve learned other things about life while you were getting rusty at this art or craft you used to be good at. Now you have a chance to blend them together as you start over–whole new possibilities open up!

Don’t ruin the freedom of being a beginner by having unfair expectations of how quickly you should be good at this new something you’re trying.

Give yourself a break.

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  1. Zarina says:

    Sarah – that is so true. I find myself a beginner in the craft that I have done ages ago – new machine, new methods, new designs.

    And I also love to learn new things. Mid year, I took (well actually my office sponsors the classes) classes for dancing (yesterday learned the Waka Waka) and photography (just a Canon G10) but the tips and methods are priceless.

  2. Sarah says:

    Wow, love that your office sponsors those creative classes–now I want to learn the Waka Waka and I don’t even know what it is! :-)

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