The Japanese term shoshin means “beginner’s mind” and can be further defined as follows:
Shoshin is an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even at an advanced level.
The shoshin mindset is characterized by openness - when we are in that mindset we are open and curious to possibility. We aren’t limited by our pre-existing knowledge that we develop as we reach advanced levels. Expertise is of course a good thing for the most part, but the downside is that it can lead us to be more likely to be trapped by confirmation bias - where we only see information that supports our preconceptions. Trying to cultivate shoshin is a good antidote!
Buddhist teacher Shunryu Suzuki said:
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”