As final exams and tests explode in house’s everywhere here is a testament to study.
Sunil Bali’s post provided some fodder around the study drills and their impact on our creativity levels. I thought you might enjoy his enthusiastic take on the beginner’s mind.
If you went to school in England, the chances are that you’re familiar with the fact that King Harold of England was shot in the eye by an arrow in 1066.
The saving grace when I was taking my school exams was that whilst I was required to regurgitate countless facts, at least I wasn’t living in today’s age of infobesity, infoxication and information overload ….. drowning in a sea of self-promotion and sound bites.
As we’re growing up, school, society and then often the workplace, educate us out of our creativity.
Paul Linley, the multi-millionaire founder of children’s food company Ella’s kitchen, says that “grown-ups need to grow down” because when we’re born, we’re all creative geniuses and master negotiators, able to capture anyone’s attention.
Unburdened by the would, could and should of adulthood, children look at the world as a playground full of wonder, opportunity and joy.
In the foreword to Linley’s book, Little Wins, Sir Richard Branson says that recapturing the wild eyed enthusiasm, warmth and determination of your toddlerhood – or as Zen calls the Beginner’s Mind – is the path to a successful and fulfilled life.
Sunil Bali’s great posts can be found at http://www.sunilbali.com/
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