The danger of expertise

As you grow in knowledge and expertise, your mind becomes more closed. 

You tend to deny the information that disagrees with what you already know and yield to the information that confirms your current point of view.

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This a Zen Buddhism concept that refers to the idea of letting go of your preconceptions and having an attitude of openness when studying a subject.

James Clear
When you are a true beginner, your mind is empty and open. You're willing to learn and consider all pieces of information, like a child discovering something for the first time.
  • Let go of the need to always contribute. Step back every now and then and just observe and listen.
  • Let go of the need to win every argument.  Letting go of the need to prove a point opens up the possibility for you to learn something new.
  • 'Tell me more about that': Stay quiet and pour all of your energy into listening to someone else.

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A beginner’s mind

It means dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner.

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Unusual viewpoints can boost the decision-making power of a broader group.

Experiments reveal that people are more willing to conform when they are in a group for fear of being seen as peculiar. However, when someone is willing to stand out, the dissenter appears to give the others permission to disagree.

View this as your first impression. Wait for a good time to mention something like being fired or laid off from a previous job. Do not speak bad about your previous employer. It is a big turn-off. 

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