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The Beginner's Mind - A Great Refresher

January 17, 20232 min read
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If you've been immersed in your area(s) of expertise for quite a while, it can be easy to lose track of where you started back at the basics. At some point, you knew little to none of what you know now. You learned a little more, then a little more, and before you knew it, your body of knowledge increased substantially bit by bit.

You might now find yourself wondering why someone doesn't know what you know. After all, it's common sense, isn't it? No, it's not. And this is true whether that knowledge is in the context of your professional world or in your everyday personal life.

I've recently had the humbling experience of re-launching my business website, thanks to the wonderfully outstanding talents (and patience) of a colleague. We left the WordPress platform behind and went to a more robust platform that seems to be able to do everything except wipe your nose for you. My web guy eats tech for at least two of three meals a day. He loves it. Me, well, I can follow instructions and periodically start adventurously clicking on buttons to see what they do. Many times the buttons don't do what I thought they would.

During my three careers, teaching people something new has been an important part of the process. First, it was teaching elementary school children to play string instruments. They were able to play a pain-free concert in December on the violin they got in October. In the next career I taught people how to organize their paper, time, and space at home and/or at work. A basic concept of "put like things together" was not common sense to many people, until it was! My current business helps people take the how-to tips they often give away and turn that information into saleable how-to products. Sounds simple enough, right? You might be amazed!

By starting at the beginning, at the most basic place, the "student" can become joyful, enthused, encouraged, motivated, and proud. Providing too much information too soon is counterproductive and can prompt feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, annoyed, frustrated, and a wide range of other confidence-killing experiences -- all those things that are the opposite of what you intended.

Rest assured that you are best serving those who want to learn something from you by observing the adage that "less is more." Give them easily-digestible concepts and amounts of information. Once they grasp that, provide them with a little deeper and wider approach. Rinse and repeat. That keeps those people coming back to you for more, which is good business for you. It's how you truly teach people, it builds their trust in you, those who benefit tell others about your work, and you've made a substantial and positive impact on that piece of the world. This is why, as humans, it really is crucial to learn first to walk and then, ultimately, to run. That's the ultimate example of the Beginner's Mind.

What are your thoughts?
Paulette

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Paulette Ensign

Very few can claim the title "Creator of the category" and Paulette Ensign is just such a person. Paulette created the tips booklet category of published works - learn from the best

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The Beginner's Mind - A Great Refresher

January 17, 20232 min read
light bulb

If you've been immersed in your area(s) of expertise for quite a while, it can be easy to lose track of where you started back at the basics. At some point, you knew little to none of what you know now. You learned a little more, then a little more, and before you knew it, your body of knowledge increased substantially bit by bit.

You might now find yourself wondering why someone doesn't know what you know. After all, it's common sense, isn't it? No, it's not. And this is true whether that knowledge is in the context of your professional world or in your everyday personal life.

I've recently had the humbling experience of re-launching my business website, thanks to the wonderfully outstanding talents (and patience) of a colleague. We left the WordPress platform behind and went to a more robust platform that seems to be able to do everything except wipe your nose for you. My web guy eats tech for at least two of three meals a day. He loves it. Me, well, I can follow instructions and periodically start adventurously clicking on buttons to see what they do. Many times the buttons don't do what I thought they would.

During my three careers, teaching people something new has been an important part of the process. First, it was teaching elementary school children to play string instruments. They were able to play a pain-free concert in December on the violin they got in October. In the next career I taught people how to organize their paper, time, and space at home and/or at work. A basic concept of "put like things together" was not common sense to many people, until it was! My current business helps people take the how-to tips they often give away and turn that information into saleable how-to products. Sounds simple enough, right? You might be amazed!

By starting at the beginning, at the most basic place, the "student" can become joyful, enthused, encouraged, motivated, and proud. Providing too much information too soon is counterproductive and can prompt feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, annoyed, frustrated, and a wide range of other confidence-killing experiences -- all those things that are the opposite of what you intended.

Rest assured that you are best serving those who want to learn something from you by observing the adage that "less is more." Give them easily-digestible concepts and amounts of information. Once they grasp that, provide them with a little deeper and wider approach. Rinse and repeat. That keeps those people coming back to you for more, which is good business for you. It's how you truly teach people, it builds their trust in you, those who benefit tell others about your work, and you've made a substantial and positive impact on that piece of the world. This is why, as humans, it really is crucial to learn first to walk and then, ultimately, to run. That's the ultimate example of the Beginner's Mind.

What are your thoughts?
Paulette

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Paulette Ensign

Very few can claim the title "Creator of the category" and Paulette Ensign is just such a person. Paulette created the tips booklet category of published works - learn from the best

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As a Subject Matter Expert, your how-to tips are an entry point to your expertise Your tips are marketing tools for your products and services AND new revenue streams for your business. Selling your tips products in bulk and as licenses helps you and your buyers reach more people and make more money.

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