How many people do you know who make excuses like, “I’ll start when I’m ready,” or “I’ll start once I’ve learned more”? If you’re like most people, you probably hear excuses like these on a regular basis. People make them because they’re afraid of being a beginner; they see beginnership as a weakness.
However, the truth is that being a beginner to business and leadership is not just a strength, but a major advantage for three key reasons:
1. A clean-slate mind.
3. Willingness to listen.
If you’re a beginner to business and leadership, use the power of beginnership to your advantage. And if you’re an experienced business leader, do yourself a favor by adopting a beginner-like mind.
The Power Of Having Zero Mental Conditioning
As much as we don’t like to admit it, we’ve all undergone mental conditioning. Thanks to sources like school and media, we think certain things not because we’ve thought them through ourselves, but because they’ve been forced on us time and time again. Unfortunately, a lot of mental conditioning is based on social conventions that hold us back rather than help us.
However, as a beginner to business, you’ve likely undergone little to no mental conditioning and aren’t aware of the conventions more experienced business leaders have absorbed. You have a mind like a clean slate, which means you’re more open to learning and new opportunities.
When it comes to business and leadership, mental conditioning will tell you there is a certain way you must do things. But if you’re a newbie, then you aren’t aware of these conventions and will attack business with nothing holding you back.
Beginners Are Fearless
Remember being a kid and diving headfirst into the swimming pool because you had no reason to believe that anything bad would happen? Maybe an adult reprimanded you and you built up a fear of diving. You started jumping feet first into pools, even when they were deep enough for a dive.
This same exact scenario plays out all the time in business. Whether the fear is justified or not, experienced business leaders let their worries hold them back, missing out on opportunities that their internalized fears told them were unsafe. When you’re a beginner, though, you haven’t had the experience or time to build up unjustified fears. For example, you might reach out directly to the CEO of a company, while someone who has been in the game for years might have built up a fear of such a direct approach.
Take a moment to assess whether or not your fears are justified. Because often, the best opportunities lie right on the other side of those fears. And if you’re not jumping at those opportunities, a beginner will.
Beginners Listen More Than They Speak
When you’re a beginner to business and leadership, you’re usually aware that you know little to nothing about achieving success in the industry. On the flip side, if you’ve been in the game for years, you might think you know everything there is to know about achieving business and leadership success. Unfortunately for the experienced business leader who thinks they know it all, not only do they not know it all, but that attitude cuts them off from learning anything new. Meanwhile, the beginner to business and leadership is open to learning because they realize how much there is to learn.
Beginners are like sponges: They soak up all the information from the world around them and apply it to business. Instead of talking like they know it all, they sit quietly and listen. In the end, they may fare better than the experienced business leader simply because they have learned more.
So the next time you walk into a business meeting or meet with a potential customer, listen more than you talk so that you gain more knowledge. Thinking you already know all the answers will only set you back!
Whether you are a new or experienced business leader, you can always adopt a beginner-like mind. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by thinking like a beginner, regardless of how experienced you are, because beginnership can help you achieve bigger and better results in less time.