You ever get the feeling that you know nothing?
I get the feeling I know nothing about anything the older I get.
Maybe it’s because I live with a teenager who knows everything…😉
This appears to be a theme on some blogs I frequent. For example, over at Pointless Overthinking, they asked this question:
In which domain do you consider yourself an expert?
In the comments, most people proclaim they are not experts at anything. I think this is a safe answer, but not necessarily an honest one… we’re all experts at something. Even if it means that our expertise is incomplete, or still developing.
I pondered this expert thing all day. Then I posted my own comment.
So how does one become an expert at something?
You can obtain expertise by acquiring knowledge, which is via education and reading. But education alone does not make someone an expert…
I realized this keenly just the other day when I helped someone put together a resume for a job he’s considering applying for. The job description requires minimum 2 years work experience in the field plus a certain degree. My friend has certification obtained at post-secondary schools but no degree. What he does have is 20 years hands-on work experience. This makes him valuable to a new employer despite the lack of advanced education. I would call him an expert in his current field of employment. I helped organize his resume in such a way that he can market himself as an expert for that particular job.
Another way to obtain expertise is through life experience. Everyone goes through that, although some people take longer to understand its process in tangible terms. I sometimes wonder how to explain this to my know-it-all teen…
I’m no expert at most things but I can achieve success regardless. And with each passing experience, I gain more experience.
Taking advantage of opportunities that come your way is one way of increasing your skills, which is easier said than done for introverts like me. I will admit, however, that over the past half year or so I have expanded beyond my comfort zones exponentially, which has led to some surprising opportunities. Not only that, but I got a few potential jobs lined up now…an increase in income is always a nice plus. 🙂
What do you consider yourself an expert at? Is it mostly work related, or are there personal achievements you can think of?