Be the Confident Beginner

Be a beginner. Be humble and admit that you do not know. But do not be so ashamed of your ignorance that you don’t show up at all.

Be the confident beginner.

The confident beginner does not shrink from things he does not know. But he is not too proud to bring along a guide.

The confident beginner thanks his betters for correcting him. But he does not apologize for not knowing.

The confident beginner focuses on excellence where he can attain it, and he pays for his mistakes with the excellence and persistence of his successes.

The confident beginner takes time to figure things out, without feeling the need to rush to impress.

The confident beginner knows that there are many ways to learn. He learns from many masters but is at the mercy of none.

The confident beginner seeks to make the process of learning his own. He takes the initiative to understand.

The confident beginner understands that he has value – and that he must trade work for knowledge.

The confident beginner prizes the competence of others, without resentment or envy.

The confident beginner keeps his composure when he does not know. He finds out – he doesn’t freak out.

The confident beginner is happy to start out at the bottom again and again, and he is happy to lend a hand up to others when their time comes.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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