Being the beginner

Every time I go train Jiu Jitsu there’s a new person there.

I’ve always got respect for a new person who decides to step on the mats because they’ve accepted they’re a beginner. They’re willing to put on a white belt that visually signals you’re a beginner to everybody else.

They are at the lowest rung of the competence ladder in a room full of other people. That takes a lot of courage.

These people are usually accomplished in their own right, outside of the mats. They’re doctors, police officers, business owners.

Then they step on the mats, and their knowledge means nothing. That’s tough for most people to deal with.

When your knowledge is nothing, you have everything to learn. That’s powerful, that’s special. That’s something to be amazed about and to get excited about.

For most people, having no knowledge is terrifying. They’ll spend a lifetime trying to get rid of being the beginner.

You become competent at something, then you find it difficult to become competent at something else.

It isn’t because it’s harder to learn things as you get older. It’s because you aren’t willing to accept that beginner status again.

Being the beginner is special. To continue to grow you should actively hunt it out.

It's one of the many reasons I continue to practice jiu jitsu.