It made me think about the four stages of competence:
- Unconscious Incompetence. You don’t know what you don’t know.
- Conscious Incompetence. Now you know what you don’t know.
- Conscious Competence. You can think your way through an exercise and perform it with some conscious effort.
- Unconscious Competence. You can perform the task without thinking about it. It’s automatic. It’s burned into your body and it just knows what to do.
This is not only applicable when you are learning a new skill, but also when you want to teach this skill to someone else.
A good example is driving a car, once you know how to do it, it becomes quick an unconscious competence. The problem is that when you have to teach it to someone else, you first have to move it back to your conscious memory before you can start explaining it.
Conclusion: humans are strange creatures