CURSE OF KNOWLEDGE:
This is a powerful cognitive bias, and the one that's probably most responsible for you staying stuck in your dead-end way of doing things instead of breaking out.
What is it?
The mind's inability to remember what it was like to not know something.
But it's robbing you of your freedom. Here's how.
To understand, we're going to use an example from my life: Magic Tricks.
I'm a professional mentalist; I've performed in Vegas.
I do a trick, and you want to know how it works. You'll do ANYTHING. Pay me $100, even. Great! Pay up!
I show you the "secret" that is actually pretty simple, but elegant in how it tricks your mind. You see just how simple it is and then CLICK: the curse of knowledge!
Sidenote: If you're reading this right now, and you think I'm making this up; I've had EXACTLY this process happen literally 1,000s of times when I worked at a magic shop in Universal Studios in Orlando.
This is the curse of knowledge. You can't imagine life without what you know.
You know a lot more about whatever you're interested in than I do. I don't have your experience. I'm not cursed with your knowledge. That means what you know is valuable if I'm interested in your hobby.
Oh really? How much money have you spent learning all that stuff before you understood it? Hundreds? Thousands, maybe?
And it's not valuable?
You're giving up the opportunity to teach others who would pay you for what you think is obvious. THE FACT IT'S OBVIOUS TO YOU IS PROOF YOU SHOULD BE SHARING IT. That means you're good at it.
But be careful.
You think your students know stuff they don't know because you assume everyone knows where you're starting. They don't.
How you think you should present information isn't necessarily how it should be presented.
You'll think they're on the same page as you & they're wandering the library lost.
You have to figure out where they are, start with relatable examples, and then slowly move on from there.
WAY FARTHER BACK THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU'D HAVE TO BACK UP.
(Which is ironic because now you have knowledge of the curse of knowledge, and that'll mess you up for a week or two as you think through THAT.)
Pull your head out of your own curse of knowledge ass, figure out who wants to pay you for this "totally obvious stuff" and go sell it!