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Shoshin: A Remarkable Zen Concept Used to Let Go of Old Assumptions

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Shoshin: A Remarkable Zen Concept Used to Let Go of Old Assumptions
I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant coach with their alma mater or a team they played with previously.

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Shoshin: The beginner’s mind

This a Zen Buddhism concept that refers to the idea of letting go of your preconceptions and having an attitude of openness when studying a subject.

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"When you are a true beginner, your mind is empty and open. You're willing to learn and consider all pieces of information, like a child discovering something for the first time."

James Clear

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The danger of expertise

As you grow in knowledge and expertise, your mind becomes more closed. 

You tend to deny the information that disagrees with what you already know and yield to the information that confirms your current point of view.

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Rediscover your beginner’s mind

  • Let go of the need to always contribute. Step back every now and then and just observe and listen.
  • Let go of the need to win every argument.  Letting go of the need to prove a point opens up the possibility for you to learn something new.
  • 'Tell me more about that': Stay quiet and pour all of your energy into listening to someone else.

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