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Trying to do things in a big way comes with a lot of fear and uncertainty. There’s a greater pressure to succeed and less opportunity to be creative when you’re operating as an expert. However, when you approach everything with a beginner’s mindset, you become more open to learning and you’re not afraid to fail. This increases your chances of success.

Here are 18 quotes to inspire you to embrace a beginner’s mindset and enjoy the process.

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  • In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind, there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki
  • I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. – Steve Jobs
  • You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you. – Barbara Sher
  • If I wanted to learn how to race a speed car, I’m not going to go and race with Formula One drivers. I’m going to go to a beginner’s class. – Jay Shetty
  • I set myself challenges every time I work. Ideally, I approach everything as though it’s the first time – with a beginner’s mind and an amateur’s love. Willem Dafoe
  • Some advice from a beginner: never judge your full potential based on your first run. – Chip Gaines
  • “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” Stephen McCranie
  • “Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.” Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “If your passion does not keep you sleepless, you can’t be a good beginner. When passion itches, a great hand scratches… Wake up, it’s your time to rise above idleness!” Israelmore Ayivor

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  • “If you don’t feel foolish the first time you try something new, you probably aren’t doing it right.” Kara Timmins
  • “All great men had simple beginnings.” Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “It’s better to start as a fool and learn from your mistakes than to fake being a genius and ignore your errors.” James Clear
  • “Face every challenge like a beginner to learn what your expertise has been hiding.” Jeffrey G. Duarte
  • “The worst way to demoralise yourself is to compare your first day with someone experienced.” Sarvesh Jain
  • If you get back into the beginner mindset, you can unearth energy and a fire that I didn’t know I could even still possess. Peter Hedges
  • You can only get a beginner’s mind once. – Ellen Ullman
  • “The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.” Shunryu Suzuki
  • “I’ve worked with a lot of first-time directors; in fact, I enjoy it because there is a certain beginner’s mind that they bring into a project that isn’t loaded with the way things have been done before. There’s a certain freedom to it.” – Author: Stephanie Allain

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This article was first published on 11th August 2021


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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