Expertise in a topic can hinder your ability to support someone less skilled

  • Having expertise in an area gives you the "Course of Knowledge", where you are actually less effective at teaching a beginner as you have a harder time relating to their difficulties.
  • C. S. Lewis: “The fellow-pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten.”
  • In a university context, that means that student lead classrooms have some merit and can improve overall learning. This is also a reason that STEM exams have insane difficulty levels, as the questions appear trivial to the instructor with years of experience.
  • In an artistic context, that means that people are often interested in the process of someone that is not too far ahead of them. Their process and their struggles are a lot more relatable. This point was raised in Book - Show Your WorkBook - Show Your Work


    author: Austin Kleon
    title: Show your work! 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered