Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 2013, page 36, First William Morrow Paperback Edition

It is important to resist the dampening of our imagination and the narrowing of our minds as we advance in our careers.

With expertise comes the danger of developing a closed mind and an aversion to risk. An expert may be inclined to think in terms of limitations – of being ready to justify why something won’t work – as opposed to seeing the possibilities of why something might work. 

The confidence of the expert may serve to impose an invisible cage on the beginner's mind. The well-worn path, how we have always done it, may overlook a better, novel route. 

Look for the space between the fences when confronting a difficult issue.

Tune out the defeatist chatter of the naysayers.

Challenge your desire to project the illusion that you know what you are doing all the time.

Embrace the uncertainty.

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