Not long ago, I was talking to an overseas acquaintance who noted that I had written a good number of online articles. Since I am considered, at least by him, to be a prolific writer of articles online, he had asked my advice on several points of contention, which I was glad to give. Still, he called me an expert, an expert at writing articles that is. That’s interesting, and it was even more interesting how he defined expert. Okay so, let’s talk about this for second shall we?
Basically, I told him; “oh my, you called me a “writing expert” ouch! That hurts me, but I forgive you.”
You see, I challenge the experts, I destroy false pedestals, naked clothing, and BS – so I am not an expert, I am their worst nightmare! Ha ha ha, smile, it’s all good. If the humans who call themselves experts can perform, that’s fine, if not, I’m not bowing to any upright walking chimpanzee in said suit or royal crown. See that point? Got to love American Entrepreneurs, and their attitudes – we rock.
Of course, as I am discussing all of this, you are probably remembering Einstein’s famous quote; “challenge the experts,” and I do recall when someone reportedly mentioned that he was an expert, he just laughed, because he had been challenged as being a hypocrite. In fact, if you dig for some history on Einstein you’d see that he’d been challenging the experts all of his life, and then unfortunately, perhaps from his perspective, he had become one. That’s pretty funny is it?
Recently in the book “Outliers,” the author put forth his theory that to become an expert took 10,000 hours or more, and whereas, that may be correct or incorrect based on the individual and how fast they learn, it does stand to reason that to become an expert “practice makes perfect” and I certainly know it does in sports, and with skilled professions. In that case someone who spent more than 10,000 hours writing articles online could now be considered an expert in that field or sector – well perhaps not, such as in my case, I am not an expert online article writer.
Lastly, I would submit to you that someone is not an expert until they believe they are, but just because they believe they are doesn’t mean they are either. If someone is still learning, and working to improve themselves every day chances are they won’t see themselves as an expert, however a true expert will always attempt to better themselves. Therefore, this is yet another point for those who cry hypocrisy on such titles as expert.
If you are an online article writer I hope you will please consider all this and think on it, and don’t be so quick to call yourself an expert, or assume that someone who writes “a lot of articles” is either.