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Are You Teachable

When you think of some of the most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEO’s, what are some of the personal qualities you think they possess?

Most people’s answers include: vision, intelligence, determination, passion and a strong work ethic. In themselves, they are each essential in setting goals and achieving success. What has also been identified through research, but is not often realised as an important additional quality, is a person’s level of “teachability”.

Teachability refers to the ability and willingness to keep learning, to remain open to new and ongoing learning, and to put into practice whatever is needed to accomplish goals.

Quite often, people and practices reach a level of success and then plateau because they are no longer committed to the process of ongoing personal growth. They have adopted the attitude of ‘been there, done that”.

The easiest and simplest way to break through this is by adopting the beginner’s mindset.

So what do beginners have in common?

Beginners are aware that they do not know it all, and thus are open, humble, and lacking in the rigidity that quite often accompanies success and achievement.

A simple 4 step process to assist you in developing a beginners mindset, is to keep the following points in mind:
1. Everyone has something to teach me
2. Every day I have something to learn
3. Every time I learn something, I benefit
4. Focus on asking more questions than providing answers.
As Zen Master Sunryu Suzuki explained in the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”.

Where in your practice and life can you introduce such a beginner’s mindset?

Reference: Syllabus 8 - Personal Growth

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