“The problem with all students is that they inevitably stop somewhere. They hear an idea and they hold on to it until it becomes dead; they want to flatter themselves that they know the truth. But true Zen never stops, never congeals into such truths. That is why everyone must constantly be pushed to the abyss, starting over and feeling their utter worthlessness as a student. Without suffering and doubts, the mind will come to rest on clichés and stay there, until the spirit dies as well. Not even enlightenment is enough. You must continually start over and challenge yourself.” - Robert Greene, Mastery
Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few."- Shunryo Suzuki, Zen Master
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”- Robert Greene, Mastery
"Your time here is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." - Steve Jobs
"You stumble around like a fool when you try to do something new. If you're not willing to be a fool you can't be a master" - Dr Jordan B. Peterson
"Rules are there for a reason. You are only allowed to break them if you are a master. If you’re not a master, don’t confuse your ignorance with creativity or style." - Dr Jordan B. Peterson
“Some 2,600 years ago the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, “Become who you are by learning who you are.” What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become an individual, a Master.” - Robert Greene, Mastery
Steve Jobs is arguably one of the most successful industrial designers & businessmen in modern times. He started Apple and NeXT, took a majority ownership stake in Pixar for $10M and after ten blockbuster films sold the company to Disney for over $7B, and around the time of his death Apple had a market cap greater than the gross domestic product of Poland.
Worth to mention; Steve Jobs was arguably a consummate con man who could convince anyone of anything. He took to heart the Picasso quote, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal”. He loved driving without license plates and parking in handicapped spots.
This video illustrates Jobs' mindset in regards to innovation.
Steve Jobs Secrets of Life Great Industrial Designers
“We are all in search of feeling more connected to reality—to other people, the times we live in, the natural world, our character, and our own uniqueness. Our culture increasingly tends to separate us from these realities in various ways. We indulge in drugs or alcohol, or engage in dangerous sports or risky behavior, just to wake ourselves up from the sleep of our daily existence and feel a heightened sense of connection to reality. In the end, however, the most satisfying and powerful way to feel this connection is through creative activity. Engaged in the creative process we feel more alive than ever, because we are making something and not merely consuming, Masters of the small reality we create. In doing this work, we are in fact creating ourselves.” - Robert Greene, Mastery
Intention to cultivate awareness (and return to it again and again)
Attention to what is occurring in the present moment (simply observing thoughts, feelings, sensations as they arise)
Attitude that is non-judgmental, curious, and kind.