Muscle Memory and Hard-Wired Routines

Most experts developed some sort of muscle memory for the things they do.

This is extremely useful for repeat tasks, but when up against a novice or when in an unusual situation, hard-wired routines can cause them to act quickly without thinking.

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Beginner's Luck

Beginner's luck does not actually exist. Most of the time the beginner has a similar skill that aids them.

Or the novice could be new to the task, but have tried it before and failed repeatedly.

Anything Is Possible For The Beginner

To the beginner, anything Is possible. They are not blocked by experience and are willing to try out many possibilities and solve problems creatively.

The expert has narrowed down the possibilities and can become too comfortable with their own perspectives.

Experts Break Under Pressure

When you are good at something, you're under pressure to perform at your level.

A novice doesn't particularly care how they perform and doesn't feel any pressure to perform.

  • Don't apply the same experience to anything new. In every situation, consider what you've seen before and what's different.
  • Consider crazy ideas and strategies even if you are sure they will not work.
  • If you have an idea you really like but are afraid to try it, you probably have a unique idea that could be worth the risk.
  • Listen to your gut instead of your brain when you are over-thinking. Consider your options when you are under-thinking.
  • Think with a beginners-mind. Consider the the problem from the perspective of a novice.

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Keep Learning: Adult Beginners

It is a myth that experts commit fewer errors than beginners. The Dunning-Kruger Effect states that people who are bad at something are often unaware of the fact, and are overestimating their performance.

There is an advantage in having a beginner’s mindset even as our skills and knowledge develop, something that is not available even to the experts.

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Believing in luck

Luck is a hard thing to prove. There is no real thing we can call luck, but we can create a real object and transfer luck to it, such as a lucky penny or a lucky charm.

These lucky objects give the feeling of a security blanket. They provide an illusion of control for the person who believes in them.

Self-awareness is not just a buzzword

Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement. They are not the solution to everything, but they are the first step to that.

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