“The secret to being good at anything is to approach it like a curious idiot, rather than a know-it-all genius.” –Mike Monteiro
He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows he doesn’t know, knows.
I need to regularly pause and remind myself just how little I know. When inclined to judge or label or assert my clever hot take, I need to stop myself and get curious instead.
When I’ve done a thing countless times and think I’ve got it down, I should check myself and try approaching it with a beginner’s mind.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
“I don’t know” is a surprisingly strong mindset and, as an honest response to a question, a potential launching point to possibilities not yet imagined.
Curious idiot: My aspirational default mode.