As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot. – Ray Kroc
That really doesn’t sound very good, does it? It sounds like once I hit a certain age, that’s it. It sounds like once you achieve a certain amount of experience, once you get that promotion you were hoping for, once you grow in leadership, once you ripen, that you are destined to rot? Well, it may be true for fruits, but thankfully, for us, there is a solution. Fruits don’t have a choice. They can’t help it. They ripen. Then they rot. We don’t have to rot, because we can stay green. Come to think of it, staying green is the key to learning, the key to growing, the key to success.
If you think you have learned all there is to learn, you won’t be able to acquire more knowledge. If you think you have gone as far as you can, you have. If you make progress in any area of life and get the feeling that you have arrived, you won’t be able to progress beyond that point. That’s when you start to rot.
It is vital to keep the attitude of being a beginner. If you continue to keep an open mind, being eager to learn, excited to find new ways, new discoveries, new innovations and inventions, as long as you have the attitude of the green beginner, your curiosity and enthusiasm to learn will ensure that you continue to grow and learn and be well on your way to success.
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
Be a beginner today and see the whole new world open up.