May 17, 2023 7:05 PM
- Reframing Your Expertise: If you're venturing into a new subject area and feeling out of your depth, remember that you're not a complete beginner. You bring your own body of knowledge and experience to the new topic, effectively creating an interdisciplinary field.
- Interdisciplinary Expertise: In science, and indeed in many fields, combining different disciplines is seen as innovative and forward-thinking. As you learn and write about a new subject, you're becoming an interdisciplinary expert, providing unique perspectives through the lens of your existing expertise.
- Embracing a Beginner's Mind: Drawing from Zen Buddhism, embrace the concept of the 'beginner's mind' when you approach a new topic. A beginner's mind is open to many possibilities, while an expert's mind can sometimes be limited by preconceived notions or fixed ideas.
- The Positive Aspect of Being a Beginner: Being a beginner isn't a negative trait. As a writer, it allows you to approach a subject with fresh eyes, and offers new angles and insights that experts might overlook.
- Self-consciousness: Don't let self-consciousness stop you from exploring new topics. You're always a beginner in some respects, but at the same time, you're never truly a beginner because you bring your unique expertise and experiences to every topic.
So, when diving into a new topic, remember to reframe your perspective: you're an interdisciplinary expert with a beginner's mind, open to new possibilities and fresh insights. This mindset can empower your writing and learning process.