When was the last time you were a beginner?

Not a beginner in the sense of trying something new.

For example, a coffee drinker who tries a flat white for the first time.


Being a beginner is putting yourself in a position where you have no direct experience with an activity.

It is more than trying something new, or pursuing something at which you are not competent.

Beginning is a process of absolute discovery where every moment involves learning.


Being a beginner is exhausting.

Your brain is designed to minimize the amount of time you spend as a beginner.

If you had to relearn how to make coffee every morning, you would never get out the door.


Cognitively, you circumnavigate being a beginner in many new tasks.

This can be as simple as applying previous experience to a new situation.

It can also be the Dunning-Kruger Effect.


You live in a world that rewards mastery.

Sport and business culture are built on a foundation that merit is derived through experience and mastery.

Being a beginner is the cognitive inverse of being a master.


There is, of course, a downside to never being a beginner.

A beginner experiences all stimuli through a framework of learning.

Feedback, failure, and efficiency are all processed as growth.


When you feel stuck, a lack of growth is an underlying cause.

Next time you are stuck, consider whether you are allowing yourself to be a beginner in some area of your life.

Being a beginner at one thing is contagious; you cannot help but change other perceptions.



Rule #77: The tables furthest from the kitchen always get served coffee first,

-Morning Cup