Let me give you another example where ‘knowledge’ plays a spoil sport. Suppose say you are a cricket batsman and you are about to face a bowler for the first time about whom you don’t know anything. How would you face him? In second instance, suppose say, you were ‘told’ that this bowler you are about to face, for the first time, is the World’s fastest bowler and seldom has any batsman been able to face him. Will this extra ‘knowledge’ help your performance or hinder it? Many a times, as a Coach, especially if you are pretty successful executive, then that success you experienced based on your ‘knowledge’ actually becomes a hindrance in moving forward.
There are many such examples that can be quoted where ‘knowledge’ becomes a ‘part’ of our identity and becomes very difficult to ‘let go’ of. This attachment in most circumstances becomes a stumbling block and won’t allow you to see the ‘proverbial’ fish even if they are in plain sight.