Joseph Cossman said, “Middle age is when your broad mind and your narrow waist change places.”
William James said, “Human beings, by changing the inner attitude of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
Most people act and live as though they are static creatures. They live as if they are in love with the past, or living in the past and have no desire to move beyond it.
When we were young, and beginners in the cycle of learning, we regularly took in new data and practiced doing and thinking on things that were unfamiliar and fresh. We didn’t often think about the consequences, or whether we could or couldn’t do it, we just did it. We were willing to move outside of our personal comfort zone and attempt something new or learn something different. We had what could be described as a “beginners mindset.”
As time goes on we stop growing, because we just get lazy or scared. We lose our beginners mindset.
We are concerned about getting the job to pay the student loan we have, instead of starting the business we want to. I am not talking about being irresponsible, but living an unfettered and passionate life.