|In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's
there are few. - Shunrya Suzuki
When speaking of the creative mind, Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “There’s a phrase in
Buddhism called ‘Beginner’s Mind’. It is wonderful to have a Beginner’s Mind.”
Beginner’s Mind is a way of looking at the world as embraced by one of the world's most creative
giants ever known – Steve Jobs. As the author, M.B. McLatchey shares in classroom stories from
her coveted childhood, the Beginner’s Mind is a mind innocent of preconceptions and
judgements; a mind that continues to face life full of curiosity and wonder and amazement; a mind
that invites creativity and sheds conformity. And, in a time when the education "experts" reward
teachers for meeting standardized goals, Beginner’s Mind reminds us of what we already
instinctually know about the need to nurture nonstandard lives.
In Beginner’s Mind, we experience first hand the teaching we wish for our children – for all
children. We see the Beginner’s Mind being seeded, nurtured and grown – day by day, page by
page – and come to understand it’s warmth and beauty firsthand through the eyes of a 10-year-
old and her classmates under the enlightened and loving mentorship of their fourth-grade
teacher, Miss D.
For America’s business leaders and CEO's, encouraged by flourishing STEM projects and
government-funded programs in our public schools, Beginner’s Mind is a cautionary tale about
what we may have forgotten and what our children may be missing, and it is about an enlightened
teacher that led the battle – and proved the value – in educating the whole child: head, body, and
Beginner's Mind, Forthcoming in 2021 from Regal House Publishing.