What makes an expert and expert?

There are a lot of people that seem to be experts, people who in fact call themselves experts, that have studied and experimented and gathered enough life experience to be really and truly proficient in something.

There are other people who talk and even act as if they were experts, but have never had formal training in the subject at hand.

Given that both of these types of people seem to be experts, what really makes an expert an expert?

I think being an expert is all relative. We are all experts in something. In fact, right now there are dozens of things that you can do (or know) that a group of other people can’t do (or don’t know). To these people you are an expert.

The next time you question your own expertise, whether you can do something or teach someone else to do something, just consider that being an expert is all relative. Even someone at the top of their game, like Tiger Woods, has a coach. There is always another level of experience to be had, but that shouldn’t keep you from sharing what you do have.

You are an expert in someone else’s eyes.

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2 thoughts on “Expertise

  1. Michael Jordan

    “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”
    -Niels Bohr Danish physicist

    I think this goes for every expert out there. Both the ones that are successful and those that are not.

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