Naive-like Mind

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes more knowledge isn’t what we need.

Would you have ever built your company if you knew how hard it was going to be?

Would you have ever learned photography if you knew how many hours it would take for things to start working?

Sometimes all we need is a little faith in our current abilities, and enough chutzpah to do something that might not work.

Sometimes being naive is exactly what we need to be. Not stupid or gullible—I don’t think anyone grows up hoping they will become an idiot when they’re older. We can be smart and naive at the same time. Just like we can be an adult but have a childlike mind.

Being naive is like being a blank canvas or piece of paper. While everyone else is marked by fears and preconceptions about how things are “supposed” to work. You, on the other hand, don’t know any better and end up creating something no one has thought of.

The goal isn’t for us to give up knowledge—learning is an essential part of life—The goal is for us to be bold enough to try new things without holding ourselves back.

Q: How have you been holding yourself back lately? What’s something you think you can’t do because of X Y Z reason? Explore that.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1069

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