In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert's mind there are few.
--Shunryu Suzuki, Zen master feet
Ask any athlete or elite performer, writer, salesperson, speaker, very big project manager, or wide-awake lover: A track record can dull your senses. Success can make you lazy. Each win has got to be a new win, earned with intense focus and an open heart.
Do not take your expertise for granted. Stay awake. Hunt. Kill your old material. Listen for new information. Tell your old story in a new way. Kiss like it's your first kiss. Crush your gimmicks. Make no assumptions. Let the page be white. Then and only then, begin.
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