“In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all of your preconceived fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is so useful? Because it is empty.”
-Bruce Lee. From the book Striking Thoughts.
There is a saying I first heard upon getting into recovery from alcoholism some 13 years ago: Always Remain Teachable.
It took me some time to get my head around what it meant to remain teachable, but I finally got it.
In the group of which I was a part it meant having the humility to admit you did not know everything. To have the grace and the openness to be able to listen with an open mind to the old timers and the sponsors within the group, even when they were telling you truths you did not want to hear. To be able to listen without immediately passing judgement on what was being said.
Bruce Lee conveyed this same truth in a different way. “In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.”
There is an old Zen parable that illustrates this point beautifully. In it a student goes to a Zen master seeking to become his disciple. But, as the two were sitting together, the student immediately began trying to impress the master by the amount of Zen he already knew. As the student went on and on talking about his understanding of Zen, the master quietly began pouring the student a cup of tea. He filled the cup to the brim and then kept right on pouring. As the tea began to pour out of the cup and onto the table and then onto the student’s lap, the student exclaimed, “Look what you are doing! My cup is already full!” To which the master replied, “This cup is like your mind; already full of many things. Before you can learn anything new from me, you first must empty the cup of your mind.”
“In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.”
In Network Marketing and the Home Based Business niche, we have a similar problem. Our minds are already full of old wisdom and half truths that worked in the 9 to 5 world of being a good employee, but which do not work very well when it comes to building and succeeding in a business of our own. And sometimes this old wisdom and these partial truths that we cling to get in the way of our learning new skills and new ways of living. This can slow down our progress in learning a new business, or block our way entirely.
What is the solution?
Empty your cup.
Have the grace and humility to admit you do not know it all and to voluntarily empty your cup of the half truths that may have served you well in the past, but only impedes your progress today. We must develop the sight to see the fullness of our own cups, and be willing to pour out our preconceived notions and prejudices so that we can learn anew. When we learn we must make sure we bring an empty cup with us to the table. For, only with an empty cup can we take in new knowledge and new insights that can open our eyes to a whole new way of living.
Are you teachable?
Do you come to the table of home based business with an empty cup?
If so, a whole new world of infinite possibilities awaits.