Why Inexperience is a Good Thing
Most people reading this have likely said or been told the reasons experience is
helpful. Among other things, experience offers the benefit of having done something
before and understanding how the next trial will go. Experience gives insight and
credibility to a practiced perspective.
Experience is valuable.
Inexperience can be just as valuable.
Obviously, inexperience is valuable in different ways, and that is the first of its
benefits. Inexperience is completely different from experience, so it’s not in
competition with it. In fact, the two really can complement rather than compete with
one another if given the chance.
Beyond the simple advantage of balancing out experience, inexperience has benefits
all on its own. Even the wisest beings can often see the merit in looking at the world
from a new perspective.
Inexperience enables a fresh, new energy that
allows the traditionally impossible to happen.
Possibilities and options need to be explored
and evaluated. Inexperience may respond and engage with rather than react to new
You don’t know what you can’t do. Since you’ve never tried before, almost anything
could be an option. Nothing is discarded because it didn’t work last time if there is no
last time. Being inexperienced requires the imagination work to find creative
solutions to questions and situations.
Adaptation is possible. If something doesn’t work, you can try something different. Of
course, the negative side to this is the risk of changing something that others have
worked on and offending someone in the process. The hidden landmines of tradition
can be a great threat to inexperience. Step on one, and the whole situation can blow
up in your face. However, if the experienced help and allow an occasional misstep,
change and adaptation to new contexts and situations can occur.
Everyone has inexperience in something. It may be an idea you’ve always wanted to
try, an art or activity you’ve wanted to learn, or a role you’ve wanted to volunteer to
fill. Let inexperience work for you even as you work with inexperience.