Beginner’s Mind

Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level.

As IT people we aren’t always known for our attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions. Its an easy field to get burnt out. And because of the ever increasing task list, everything is a task to finish in the most expedient way possible. Frequently this closes the door on finding new ways to do things, and listening to new ideas.

Thinking about shoshin as we approach the day could restore some joy. Or at the very least help us be better at our job.