Being a Beginner Again

Great leaders’ lives are filled with the great learnings and experiences of their professional and personal journeys. These are the storehouses of knowledge that have contributed and continue to contribute to their extraordinary successes and achievements. They become the safe houses through which they see and interact with the world.

There is a caution, however, found in the words of Steve Jobs as he left Apple to begin another path in his life’s purpose: “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 productive periods of my life.”

An unknown author, writing about becoming a beginner again, wrote: “We lose something wonderful when it becomes more important to us to be the one who knows than to be the one who’s open to the everyday wonders around us. ‘Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don’t’ wrote Leo Buscaglia. Fortunately, our sense of curiosity and wonder can be rekindled and refreshed.” May you always benefit and learn from those storehouses of learning and knowledge you have carefully built stone by stone, yet always cherish your endless curiosity of seeing the wonders of the world and people through the eyes of a child. As Mary Shelley thoughtfully reminds us: “The beginning is always today.” May you enjoy the magic, beauty, excitement and joy of each new beginning.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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