Starting Over

Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.

Marcus Aurelius

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.

Billy Crystal

When we become good, even great at something, we can easily fall into the pattern of holding onto what we’ve got instead of putting down what’s not working and learning to leap into the something better for us.

Most of the time, we learn something, and then we stop there. We don’t stay up-to-date. We don’t want to try new things. And we eventually become complacent with our skills and inevitability grow rusty and obsolete.

But getting good at multiple skills requires us to be comfortable with starting over.

A Beginners Mind is learning to enjoy starting over. It’s not only the willingness to start again, but the drive to continuously learn and relearn what you know.

Starting over isn’t a bad thing. It’s a blank slate. It’s our chance to reinvent ourselves and take in knowledge with a fresh and deeper understanding.

Whatever skills we cultivate, we should always be reapproaching the fundamentals and what we think we know. Just because we think we know something doesn’t mean we actually do.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1339

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