“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”.
– Shunryu Suzuki
I’ve begun reading Suzuki’s book “Beginner’s Mind” many times without remaining focused to finish. Ironic. The expert’s “few” is guided by the wisdom of experience, knowing much of why the beginner’s “many” may not work out. I think the point is not that one is preferable but that gaining experience is only advantageous if we do not abandon our imagination. We should remain open to uncharted possibility first and foresee barriers second.