The Beginner’s Mindset

stay-curiousWhat is the most effective mindset that is required in order to be a success? And the answer is, “A Beginner’s Mindset.” If you have a beginner’s mindset, you are all set, and good to go to become a successful person.

So, why is important to have the beginner’s mindset?

  • Curiosity

Well, it’s because people with beginners’ mindsets are always curious about everything. Mind you, I didn’t say nosey…hahaha, I said curious. There is a difference between the two. Nosey is part of curiosity, but in a little bit bad way. Nosey is being curious about other people private affairs that can get you in trouble. We are not talking about that kind of curiosity. The beginner’s mindset we are talking about is the mindset that stays curious and always wants to figure out how to do things.

People with beginners’ mindsets are constantly trying to do things to improve themselves. The beginner’s mindset is always hungry for success. Everything about their mindsets is about improving. They are constantly focusing on improving themselves; how they can become better on this or that.

I am going to tell you a secret; nobody starts something because they know everything. A lot of people who are successful right now, they didn’t know nothing when they started out doing what they are doing right now. They believed they could do it, and about their ideas and they learned everything as they go. Most of the things they learned were because of their curiosity.

For instance; right now I am learning how to get more traffic at less cost, or without spending too much time online and social media. I am learning what tricks or tactics I can apply so that I can grow my readership views (BTW, if you know something and would like to share with me, contact me). I have seen other people doing it, so I’m trying to play my cards right too…hahaha. I am curious about how do other people get better with it. I am also constantly learning other things right now from other people where I see they are stronger in areas that I am not. I basically Google everything…hahaha. When I see something useful, I Google it. How to do this, how to do that? And once I learn it, then I apply it. Some of the services and resources I find are not free of course, but if I see the value, affordable, and for my benefit, then it’s worth the try.

So, beginners’ mindsets are people who are always curious on how to do things in a better way. Things that interest them. They are constantly learning on how to become better, in their industry, some specific business aspects like improving their customer service, or their products packaging, or increasing their sales, or like me right now, ‘how to attracting potential customers and getting more traffic.’

The beginner’s mindset is about learning constantly, and when you have that kind of a mindset it’s easy to succeed because you are on a constantly learning and improvement mode.

There are so many things to learn on how to improving our lives, our businesses, our careers. Things in life are constantly changing; therefore that beginner’s mindset comes on handy. It will help us getting ahead of things.

  • Take ownership

When someone starts out, let’s say in business or in their early days of working at a new workplace, a new job; they usually start with enthusiasm and eagerness. They take ownership of everything. They want to prove they can do it and they have got what it takes. Even when they don’t know how to do it, they will figure out how to do it. And it’s because they have that beginner’s mindset.

When we start dating or during our first days, we usually spend more of our time looking our best and trying to impress one another…hahaha. And the first few months would be the greatest moments of our lives. If you were that kind of person like me sometimes who is guilty when it comes to responding to phone calls, then during this love-dovey moments and season, you will become better in picking up all your phone calls just because your honey bunny might call.

In the Bible in the Book of Revelation chapter 2, reading from verse 1 to 7, Apostle John was told to write to the Church in Ephesus;  “To the angel of the Church in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my Name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

When we first love someone or something, we usually take ownership of that someone or something. If we are hired, we will work as if we own the company or business. Even if we are just in a stage of boyfriend and girlfriend kind of thing, we will take ownership of one another and act as if we are married, asking one another things like ‘I called you, but you didn’t pick up the phone, where have you been?’  We will also make each other one of our top priorities.

A while ago I dated this gentleman, it was during our first days, and we were maybe in our fourth or fifth month since we started dating. It was during weekend I think. It was in the afternoon, and he called and asked me to get ready, his nephew was being baptized that day, so he was going to pick me up so we could go together. I was home doing my laundry, and I told him I was doing laundry, so maybe he should go alone. He said ‘really?’ And I said ‘yeah, it would have been great at least he would have told me one day before.’ But he said, ‘he also forgot, one of his family members just reminded him a few minutes ago.’ I told him it was a short-notice, and so he went alone. Honestly, I wanted to go, but then I thought I am going to meet his family, and at the time we didn’t even know we were boyfriend and girlfriend. On top of that I was trying to figure out what I was going to wear. I also needed to get my hair done. Anyway, after that day we met again next day, and I apologize to him again that I was sorry that I didn’t go with him. And after that I thought he was cool, you know. A couple of months later we had another disagreement, it wasn’t an argument, but disagreement, but to my amazement he brought up again the subject of me choosing doing laundry over him. So, I looked at him, and I remember this phrase ‘some things are better left unsaid’, and therefore I didn’t say anything. But in my head I was still pondering the fact that who gave him the right to take such ownership as if I was his wife. Because I had the right to do whatever I wanted to do with my time. I also know that our relationships require us to compromise sometimes, but I think it depends on the status of the relationship and the convenience.

Successful people are constantly focusing on improving how they can become better at something. Who they can work well with, or how can they work well in certain areas? How can they improve their lives, or become successful? Successful people are successful because they are constantly operating in a beginner’s mindset mode. They are always curious. They always take ownership. They are very dedicated, some people even use the term obsession or passion with this. They are obsessed or passionate about their work, or their people, and so forth. It’s all part of taking ownership and being committed to what you believe in, or stand for, or work for.

So beginners’ mindsets take ownership of things, they are committed to learn and improving themselves constantly. Both curiosity and taking of ownership make the beginner’s mindset. The mindset that is required for you and I to succeed. Everything to them is about improving and getting better at their jobs, in their relationships, in their businesses, and hence in their lives.

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