“knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone: a man of experience.”
“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment”.
It’s the age-old problem: everybody is looking for you to already possess it, yet nobody wants you to get it on their dime. It can either be a veritable life saver, or it can be an 800 lb. anchor strapped around your neck, and sometimes it can be BOTH!
The problem with experience is that, while it can be a good teacher to allow you to learn from and NOT repeat mistakes of the past, it can also cause you to assume that your current situation is similar to a previous experience which can prevent you from “thinking outside the box” to find an innovative, previously untried solution. In this case it can be more of a hindrance than an asset.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
— Mark Twain