This is a very famous quote made by a Japanese “ NOU “ ( 能 The oldest Japanese theatrical art ) a playwright and actor who lived in the 14th and 15th centuries named “ZEAMI 世阿弥” , about the mindset we should always remember when we try to learn or achieve things.
He was explaining there were three different stages and kind of beginners mind we should always remember.
When you first started learning something, everyone is usually very keen to learn and try hard to get better, but when difficult times come, you start losing that enthusiasm.
Try never to lose your initial enthusiasm, and don’t forget what got you there in the first place. Don't forget your first resolution.
If you give up, you will amount to nothing and go back to how you were.
Don’t forget that feeling before you started training. You don’t want to go back to being like that.
When you have been learning and practicing for a while like 3 - 5 years, you usually reach a pretty good stage of what you are doing. Some people start to have a big ego, so they stop improving.
Some people still lose confidence sometimes.
For people who start having too much ego, don’t forget the beginner’s humility. Stay humble, and always keep your mind as open as when you first began.
For people who still lose confidence, don’t forget when you first started, and see how much you have improved since you first started. Be confident and proud of yourself and what you have achieved so far.
Keep in your mind if you keep going, you will go into even higher stages than you are in now.
After 10 years, 20 years of practicing, you might think you don’t need to learn and practice anymore, or you might think you have reached your limit, and can’t improve anymore, but you can always learn something from anyone or anything, and can improve if you keep going.
Don’t lose the beginner’s ambition to be better.
You can learn even from watching beginners, learn something from different arts, or even from bad examples.
There is no ending for learning and improving, so never stop learning and practicing.