Experience in business is a wonderful asset. You spot trends quickly, you make decisions faster and more easily and you become very skilled at problem solving.
And experience is also a liability. You expect people to act a certain way when they don’t intend to, things that have failed in the past, you believe, will fail now and you cling to self limiting beliefs about the potential for a better business than you have now.
“Shoshin”, the beginner’s mind, is helpful for evaluating and improving your business periodically. The beginner’s mind is open and full of possibilities for the future; the expert’s mind is often closed and busy defending the past. The beginner’s mind is energizing, non-assuming and capable of doing things the expert’s mind has long dismissed as being impossible.