Experience is invaluable...until it becomes a barrier.
I have heard it said that experience is ONLY valuable if we learn from it. True enough.
There are some worthy reasons to touch the brakes when tempted to defer completely to experience as our only guide:
- Experience can serve to blind us to other possibilities.
- Experience tends to be the loudest voice in the room, drowning others out.
- Experience infers wisdom. They are not the same.
- Experience often assumes static conditions. Never has that been the case; even less so in a connected and dynamic informational world.
Experience. We are wise to value it. We are insane if we discount it. We had better learn from it. It should always be afforded respectful consideration.
The path we are on today is new and unique. Experience is but one of the tools at our disposal as we figure out how to navigate this novel path.
Be wary of affording experience exclusive billing among the many variables that impact our decisions.