How To Be An Expert

from Forbes

What is the value of an expert? In an age where information is free and available (without even typing—thank you Alexa), logic would seem to indicate a reduction in value. If information is free, how does the “expert” survive?

And yet, in this unique moment in history, we see an overall rise of interest in “experts” and “gurus.” It turns out that we need to update our definition of an expert.

Here’s why this matters: in the age of infinite information availability, it’s more vital than ever to realize that expertise is a reflection of your standing within your community, not simply your academic standing. If we believe that copious study leads to expertise, then we are more likely to forget that our study must serve our community first—and we’ll end up unpleasantly surprised that our “expertise” is rejected.

Let’s look at three essential factors of expertise:

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19 Responses to How To Be An Expert

  1. Josh Shupper April 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    When I think of the word expert, I think of someone who is very knowledgeable and smart in one or many fields of study. I think that it was interesting how the author brought up the definition of an expert being someone who interacts with their community, not the breadth of their knowledge. I do think that this is a pretty good interpretation. If you asked me what the definition of an expert was ten years ago, I would say someone who has a lot of knowledge. Now, there is technology and lots of it out there all over the world. Things like Alexa, Watson, and other AIs are becoming very popular in many homes all over the globe. There is not really a need for an expert. Why? We as individuals of society rely so much on technology to answer our questions, not people. I guess one could even say that interactions between people have gone down due to the increase in technology. We are not as dependent on each other when it comes to getting information because literally anything and almost everything possible is out on the internet and simply one click away. So, in order to consider ourselves as experts in a respected field, we have to be open to interacting with others. It is so important to have the ability to communicate your thoughts and information that you know to others so that they can get the knowledge they need in order to be successful in life, whether it is living at home with a family or working at a job. Engaging with others is critical. As the author mentions, consumers are people, just in a business term. They also feel more engaged on a personal level when there is an interaction between two people in-person, rather than an online search. Many jobs focus on the interactions with their customers. A waiter in a restaurant for example has to keep their cool if they are having a bad day when they are around others. The job of the waiter is to give their customers the best experience possible so the customers will come back to the restaurant again. People should and need communication skills to get jobs. I can see why it is so important now for people to communicate well.

  2. Dylan Flego May 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

    Have you ever heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, created by Malcolm Gladwell? In his book, Outliers, Gladwell explains that a skill can be mastered simply by working on it 20 hours a week for 10 years. By accomplishing this, one can consider themselves a true expert in whatever they worked on… or so we think. Of course, the definition of an expert changes over time, especially considering how we are currently in an age of mass digitalization. What’s even more is that, realistically, the definition of an expert changes depending on which person you ask. When you really think about it, experts are designated by relatively arbitrary reasons. So, in a more general sense, what could an expert be defined as by today’s standards? As stated in the article, one of the main factors of regarded expertise is how “experts are always ours.” This essentially relates back to the point about an expert being defined by arbitrary reasons. In other words, it’s not about the standards of society to appoint who is an expert and who isn’t. Rather, it is more about each individual person’s standards that influence who is really an expert, because that’s what it’s all about: the people. That 10,000 Hour Rule (while it did sound very authentic and expert-like at first) should really not be followed to “become an expert,” unless it’s just something you truly love to work on. For example, let’s take the field of economics. One person could consider someone with a PhD in the study of economics to be an expert, while another person might view those who personally work with stocks and market analyses to be experts. As mentioned earlier, nowadays it all comes down to the individual to determine what an expert really is.

  3. Shegufta Tasneem May 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    At this age when our lives are becoming more and more digitalized with time, it is important that we reestablish that human beings can outsmart technology and Artificial intelligence or AI. Any kind of knowledge on any subject in the world, no matter how rare it is, can be found on some corner of the internet with just a few clicks. While this has its own perks of making our lives much easier and faster, it also makes us lazy and unproductive. We do not “waste” time to think about a certain topic, discuss it with others to gain new perspectives and a piece of broader knowledge on the topic. Rather, we choose to look it up on the internet and have a basic idea about almost anything within just a few minutes. But, what this article focuses on is the difference between knowing something from the internet and that of through actual human interaction. A computer or software cannot provide real-life experience and knowledge that a person can. Again, it is much more convincing for us to take something seriously when a person shares their knowledge based on their own experiences through life. and that is where the “expertise” comes. One person cannot necessarily be expert and the best at simply everything in this world. There is always going to be another person who is better and more efficient than another person at something else. This is what makes us specialists on certain topics and allows us to be experts. This is why it is not enough for a person to just have knowledge about something and keep it to himself. It is important to know how to express one’s thoughts and knowledge confidently to a group of people. People around the world are becoming increasingly judgmental and critical with passing time. This proves how important it is to know how to “sell” one’s idea to the public and convince them to do something. This ability to manipulate people and share knowledge with enough credibility is what this article focuses on. And I agree, just being a knowledgeable person would not suffice. To be an expert at a certain topic, we must be able to discuss and explain it to people with confidence and certainty.

  4. Rachel Leto May 2, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Before reading this article, I simply thought the word expert was someone who only studied one topic in a certain subject and only knew about that one thing. If that were the case, experts would have been out of a job for more than 20 years now because the internet has all of the information that you could ever possibly need. However, the article states that experts are human filters that only give you the information that you need and no other fluff that would be given to you on multiple websites. It states that they want to be able to establish credibility within their community, which makes sense because why go to an expert who you do not think is giving you the right information. Experts create a “communicating bridge”, which personally I find appealing because if I were to really want to know something, I would prefer to talk to a person, so I could ask all of the questions I need to know and make sure that I am getting the most I can out of the time I spent discussing something. It, also, states that no one expert knows everything and I am not surprised because there is so much information out there that it would actually be impossible to know everything about anything.
    I feel that the internet is okay for a quick look up on a topic, you can get in and out very easily, but when it comes to actually wanting to deep dive into an issue, it would be best to go talk to someone who specializes in that specific thing. They are only going to give you the information you need to know and could recommend something for you to read instead of you getting lost on the internet trying to find it yourself. I still believe that experts are relevant and will still be around.

  5. Lillie Moran May 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

    We have been in a constant age of digital transformation where millions of people can access million bits of information at their fingertips. In this age where Google constantly provides answers within seconds, it’s hard to determine who actually holds the power of knowledge. This article provides crucial insight as to how we can correctly identify the “experts” in this type of environment. When we choose the leaders of our society, whether we know it or not, we always choose those who have a wisdom in a certain field. The information retained by these special individuals are regurgitated back to their constituents/clients. The article mentions how experts can be identified as those who are “human filters” and how they “don’t (usually) need notes.” In this way, experts are more relateable to those who don’t hold the same amount of information and are able to provide an authentic type of insight. The most important “tell”, however, is found in the section labeled: “Experts are always ‘ours’. As I mentioned above, we choose who gets to lead us and we do this by comparing ourselves and our communities to the individual expert. Those experts that speak to the values and the cultures of a particular community tend to be labeled as experts more than those who don’t extend themselves.

    Being able to be an expert is being able to be a leader, and in order to be an effective leader, one must be able to know the communities and cultures surrounding them in order to identify problems and solutions. Take a look at presidential campaigns. Those candidates who relate themselves to the people tend to be more successful in the poles. That is because we like those who don’t seem to put themselves on a pedestal. In this article, the individual running for office is Google and we are the ones who get to decide whether or not Google is fit to be a leader of information. In order to be an expert nowadays, you must be able to create a product or an idea that is a platform for the public. It is important to incorporate all potential aspects of a society in order to configure the best results. I think it is important to look at Google right now is a service, rather than an expert. Google is the service to find those that are experts, but we shouldn’t completely rely on Google. Throughout this course, we have been told that when we don’t know something, we should Google it. Although this is a good way to get background information about something, it is the way in which you interpret that information that ultimately makes you the expert.

  6. Jack F Comfort May 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

    The term “expert” is a subjective label we give to people who we perceive to have more knowledge than us on a particular subject. There’s is no certification we give to ratify that someone is an expert, we just crown them this because they are better at filtering what and what isn’t true. You don’t even need to be the most knowledgable on a subject to be considered an expert. If you’re the best at communicating the main idea of a subject you can also obtain the crown of expert. Another reason the term of expert is subjective is that we all have our own experts on different things. Our personal experts aren’t shared by everyone making the term expert unequivocal. I enjoyed reading this article because it changed my way of thinking about what an expert was. So-called “experts” seem to be very important in our society as they feature in many debates and even court cases. Questioning the legitimacy of experts makes you question the legitimacy of other things we take for granted in our society.

  7. Diamond Vasquez May 2, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    I always knew an expert to be a person who was very educated in a particular field, but now, I see that there is so much more to an expert than their academic knowledge. “How to be an Expert,” published by Curt Steinhorst on Forbes, explains the value of an expert by describing it as such, “…in the age of infinite information availability, it’s more vital than ever to realize that expertise is a reflection of your standing with your community, not simply your academic standing.” In order to be an expert, it is key to have that connection with your community, making them feel as though you understand them and what they are talking about or what they are going through. Along with this, Steinhorst gives “three essential factors of expertise,” which include the following: (1) Experts are human filters, meaning that experts are used to give information their clients do need in order to solve their problem; (2) Experts don’t (usually) need notes, illustrating how an expert’s knowledge comes from their mind and not from a notecard or piece of paper; and (3) Expert are always “ours,” showing how experts should be able to connect with their community, that being most important to being called an “expert.” He also notes, around the conclusion of his article, that we may not have all of the answers or knowledge as Google does, but consumers would “feel more engaged by those who they feel understand what they are going through and can engage on a more personal level.”

    This article really sparked my interest and really displayed a different view of an expert that I find very intriguing. As I have said before, I thought an expert was a person who had a lot of knowledge on a certain field or subject, but this article really stresses the importance of an expert not only giving information, but really connecting with the people, with their community. As Steinhorst says, “… we can see it’s not only important to have the knowledge, but also to be given the role of expert by our community. While the Internet can provide information, it cannot connect with consumers on a personal level.” Curt Steinhorst has displayed another level of expertise that, I believe, is more crucial than just having the actual knowledge. I am in total concurrence with Steinhorst and his main point on experts.

  8. Andrew Kenny May 2, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    The term “expert” can be thrown around loosely nowadays. Just because someone knows fun facts about American history cannot be deemed an expert on the Revolutionary War. The truth is, many people have similar reaches of knowledge on certain topics. I know I am well-versed on the history of the Mets, but I would not consider myself an expert because I realize there are plenty of people with my same intelligence level or an even higher level. With the constant growth of AI, it seems as if humans may not be such keen experts. Robots will be able to process information in question form and the respond with a coherent answer. On top of that, we are not far off from AIs that can maintain an intelligent conversation with humans without interruption.
    Besides just AI, everyone has access to Google. With humans being able to have access to unlimited information, how do we know who the real experts are? I do agree with the article when it says that experts should be able to recite facts about their topic without checking notes or Google. Yet, I do believe that one of the most important aspects of being an expert is the ability to relay information to others and educate them. I would not consider every teacher or professor an expert on their subject that they’re teaching because not all of them can clearly convey topics in ways that everyone can understand. Being able to put complex ideas into simple terms for others to comprehend is extremely impressive in my opinion.
    On top of that, I do not feel like there should be multiple experts for the same field of study. The article talks about the “community” that shares the same interest and knowledge of the same topic. If there is multiple experts in the same field that cannot decipher who is smarter, is there really an expert? Also, how is one certified as an expert? I do think to become a qualified expert, one must first be able to communicate to their specific “community” new schools of thought and then take that and try to enlighten others.

  9. Raymond Wilkinson IV May 3, 2019 at 2:07 am #

    With technology creating an age where any answer to any question you could have is at your fingertips the value of older jobs and responsibilities have changed. Having technologies like Google, Bing, and other search engines with the ability to constantly learn and provide answers to all types of problems skews the meaning of knowledge and of course the value of experts. The information provided in this article details the meaning of being an expert. Many may think that because of these readily available products experts would be of no use anymore. I myself thought the same thing, prior to reading this article I felt experts had no use considering any question I had I could just google. Yet as time goes on it seems experts are an increasing need. This makes sense because of huge powerful search engines like Google and others. Now that people have all this information available to them the only question left is which to choose. This is where experts come in. Experts can tell consumers the information they need to know without the help of notes or a google search. Now this doesn’t change the fact that anything I feel I can do myself with the help of a youtube video I am going to do. Rather than paying an expert to do a simple task I would do it myself. Experts will always be needed for the harder, experience needed jobs, but I disagree with the other points of the article that experts will continue to rise. I feel the DIY market will grow faster than the Experts and soon only a few experts will truly be needed. There is just a certain satisfaction by doing something yourself that many people are so attracted to. People like to teach themselves and become self-sufficient. Below is a link with more information on DIY https://www.inc.com/joel-comm/why-the-huge-do-it-yourself-market-is-just-getting-started.html

  10. Luke J Tyler May 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

    The Forbes article on expert knowledge in a digital era really set the record straight on the misconceptions people may have when viewing the job market and overall personal branding. As all people do, we view these experts as almost an oracle of all knowledge and when Google comes into play, we come upon the question of what these experts are to do with more competition. However, I think the article brings up some very valuable points that while Google many have thousands of results in a matter of seconds, not every piece of information from Google is useful. After all users spend very little times actually on search pages because they have to click through and read different content. Experts on the other hand stand as a filter between the consumer and the many different sources out there.
    Through experience and how applicable sources are, experts can provide the correct type of information that is most useful to consumers. Services like Google just stand as a platform to provide a wide range of sources that do not explicitly give advice. A large part of being an expert is having these interpersonal skills that make it easier to communicate to an audience. While search engines are passive sources of information, experts are active sources because they can push people to respond and drive action. A hyperlink within a webpage does not provoke a someone as much as a physical person. One aspect that I would add to support the claim that experts aren’t likely to be replaced is the fact that experts usually serve in niches fields. Google may offer general information and historical data, but a large amount of the critical information and facts regarding a specific field are usually generated online by experts. Besides just the niche fields, experts offer a lot more of input when it comes to creative services. For say a field like graphic design or marketing, the expert opinion’s cannot be found from just a simple google search. When a designer meets with a branding expert, there is a lot of valuable items to be gained from getting an in person immediate response that provides a new perspective on a project. Although tasks have become automated and easier, the demand for certain skills and perspectives will never fully become out of style. Although computing becomes more powerful, human intelligence, logic and emotion can never be substituted because people would rather speak with a relatable person than a machine.

  11. Luke J Tyler May 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    With the amount of student loan debt that exists there is many critics from all sides that discuss whether it is worth it to spend four years in college after high school. The Forbes article brings a new perspective to the questioning the college experience. Rather than “Is college worth it?” it is “What is the purpose?”. With this question there is even more conflicting opinions, but the article boils it down to two sides. The college experience and knowledge allows younger unexperienced students to have a chance to be more competitive in the job market and seek higher paying jobs. This is a very practical approach to deciding if college is actually useful to a person. However, if someone already has a high paying job and skills that are in demand, it might be foolish to pursue more education if there is room to grow. However, I think an important thing to acknowledge is that the digital world has created a giant force to be reckoned with when it comes to education. Through years of online educational development, there is now thousands of pieces of practical educational content that can help sharpen the skills of someone outdated. Platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Skill Share and Master Class make expert learning possible from virtually anywhere with a wifi connection. At the same time, in some colleges, these very expensive programs are out dated. Something that can make up for the competitive education space, is the maturity aspect that comes from the college aspect.
    Even though you can learn course material online, the very experience of college is hard to replicate. Especially for someone who dorms and shares a room with another person, it is an incredibly new experience that forces a person to grow and develop. Being away from home lets a person become a more self-reliant version of themselves and develops responsibility. Also with intense workload of school it creates an environment where students have to organize and schedule time in order to become somewhat successful in school. With the price tag of school, are these select purposes worth the upwards cost of $60,000 a year. After all the money spent on classes, books, room and board is equivalent to the salary for one year. I think that when it comes to college a lot of students are unprepared and just are not mature enough to handle the new lifestyle. My opinion is that students should work for a year or two before even entering school and they might have a better idea of what they want to do with their future.

  12. Divyaa Sarin May 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

    The era of technology has remarkably changed our perceptions of common definitions like an “expert.” Before technology, the average human with a higher level of education, PhD, was considered an expert. But the truth is, that no human would ever have the knowledge of Google or any other search engine. Even the smartest humans in the world, like Albert Einstein, may be considered experts in science or math, yet would have never been able to beat Google. It seems like this idea of being an expert has been evolved as technology has advanced. In this period of time, if a person doesn’t know the answer to something, they can quickly find it on Google. This has eliminated the use of going to the library and skimming through thousands of books to find one answer.

    It can be noted how technology has made our lives quite easier, however does this cause an issue with human knowledge? Personally, I believe that technology allows human to gain information and ideas that they are curious about. However, this sometimes makes us think whether humans really need to learn if technology is always accessible. In a couple of years, robots will advance and produce more information as well. This idea is kind of taunting, yet humans need to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of technology. I think that technology is great to a limit, but nothing will ever mimic a real human brain or mind. No robot can depict real feelings and emotions about certain events in life.

    These technological experts are helpful, but we should not let them mimic our behavior. For example, we should not be so engaged with “Alexa,” because it isn’t real. As technology increases, we need to draw a bold line that separates humans with robots. Humans may never be as capable of producing information as a robot, however we definitely have more creative abilities and ideas that make up for this limitation.

  13. Richard Gudino May 3, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    I think anyone who pursues any sort of study or tries an get their masters in something wishes to reach a point where they are considered an expert. To have the ability to attract anyone and be able to give them some sort of inclination towards your expertise on a certain subject. It makes us feel better about ourselves that we are able to be considered intellectual beings among the dumbing down masses. How has that changed since we have had the internet be placed in the palm of our hand? How can anyone be an expert when any average joe can use use google and tell you whatever it is you need to know. Theoretically that would mean that anyone could be an expert. It this a case of overusing a word, or do we need to redefine what it means to be an expert? Being able to spew out information is great but now it doesn’t make just anyone an expert if they could recite the entire Wikipedia page they just read. I liked the way that the article explained that someone can collect all this information but it is how they apply that information to their community, how it will affect others. I like how now there seems to be a new set of criteria am expert needs. Again going back to just being a vat of information an expert is able to filter through all the information anyone could find on the internet and is able to tell you the information that pertains to the unique situation. I disagree on the part that says that an expert doesn’t need notes, I understand that some people can just conjure information on demand. Notes can be useful to organize all the information floating in your mind. The only setting I do not see an expert not using notes is during a debate. I also do not really understand the idea that an expert is ours, is it implying that an expert is anyone that can meet the criteria and is just close to us. Does this then mean that we need to be able to network with people who claim that they belong to a field and are very well versed in that field.

  14. Daniel McNulty May 3, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    Today, there are many terms that we use in our world, that can be taken for less than their actual meaning. One of these terms is “expert.” The google definition for an expert is “a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.” This means that just because someone may know some interesting facts about a certain field or topic, does not mean that they are an expert. Before the development and takeoff of the internet, information was much harder to access, forcing one to go to a library, or pay money to purchase something such as a book. In today’s world, everyone who has technology, also has access to infinite information on whatever they may please. With this being the case, the definition of an expert must be altered to fit with the current time. As mentioned in the article, in order for one to be an expert, they must not only have a great deal of knowledge on in a field but must be able to have some sort of beneficial effect on the rest of the community. This is because experts have always carried value with them, so if they make no impact on the community, they have no value in today’s society. Another thing that is key to be an expert, is being able to critically think and be able to understand what information you may have that can be beneficial for someone or something. In addition, being able to communicate and share the knowledge in a way that is comprehensible for someone else. The way that Curt Steinhorst defined an expert was very intriguing and makes perfect sense. He stated in his article, “The truth is, you will never accumulate more knowledge than Google. You will never have “better” ideas than the top retweets on Twitter. An expert is ultimately defined by interaction with their community, not by the breadth of their knowledge” (Steinhorst). In this day and age, everyone must adapt in order to stay relevant and not be left in the past, and as you can see, being an expert on something is no different. With Google being and endless source of information, experts must be able to make themselves more useful than ever before in order to remain in demand.

  15. David Torres May 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    Becoming an expert can be defined in various ways. For example, one way in which a person describes being an expert is doing something for an estimated 10,000 hours. It is only after this many hours, is when the individual will be called an expert. I personally think that is true in many ways because 10,000 hours of doing something repeatedly can be accomplished in roughly 6-10 years. If you think about how long it takes for a doctor to graduate from all schooling, it falls within the range of 6-10 years. This rule can also be applied in several other instances. Another instance in which I believe that this rule can be appropriately applied to is playing a competitive sport consistently for 6 to 10 years. If you think about how long many professional athletes have been playing their sport for, are all well over 6-10 years. Although someone can be called an expert if they are very knowledgeable on a certain subject, such as a history teacher. They are experts on various events that occurred in the past. Through their years of gathering information and memorization of a collection of important dates, events, and important names in history is what makes the teacher an expert. This might have taken as long as 6-10 years to accomplish, that will then fall in the range of the estimated amount of time that it takes to become an expert. On the flipside, entering a field of study required to become an expert is scary for many. This is because of the cost of money that you will have to sacrifice. College tuition is not cheap, especially if you are attending a prestigious and accredited 4 year university. There can be many ups and downs that will come across your path, but that is part of the difficulties that one must overcome to reach that title of an expert, and of course, pay off all the student debt that you owe. It is important to know that becoming an expert is not easy, and will take many long nights and early mornings in order to acquire that entitlement.

  16. Domenico Cirielli May 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

    In this Forbes article, the idea of an expert and how that fits in in today’s world is evaluated. With such powerful search engines like Google, almost anyone nowadays can be an expert. Just type in whatever you’re searching for, and within seconds million of sources and pages of information are at your disposal. What the article argues, however, is that experts are not necessarily people that understand and are knowledgeable about everything, but instead know how to properly communicate and connect with their peers and those around them. In fact, one of the tweets that the article shares is as follows: “An expert is ultimately defined by interaction with their community, not by the breadth of their knowledge.” I agree with this comment to an extent – that being the definition of what an expert is. An expert is someone who can effectively connect with those around them, because it is this way that individuals can build their own standings in their community, impacting the way people think about them.

    However, in my opinion, an expert is someone who can connect the dots for other people. Think about some experts or motivational speakers in the field of leadership for example. They do not necessarily have ground breaking things to talk about, but instead voice common sense, something that it seems like individuals sometimes lack. I find it so incredible because I too am captivated by these words that I have definitely heard before but not applied to real life situations like these experts have found. I think that is so important – the ideas of common sense and learning how to act around other people. Our interactions with other people are going to become so important when so much of our life is to become automated.

    The article also notes how experts are all really subjective, which was very interesting to me as I had never really thought that through. I might consider an individual to be an expert, but to another person, that same individual might come off as a clown. At the end of the day, it is those who connect with people on the most personal of levels that leave a lasting impression. Who knows, your friends might consider you an expert, and you might not even know it!

  17. Kevin Metz May 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

    This article defines being an expert at its most broad and simplified level. The author believes being an expert is simply knowing what you are talking about and being able to explain it to people who have no idea. I firmly disagree with this entire article and the authors definition of being an expert. This is like saying, for example, that I am an expert on cars. I have been around cars my entire life, with my father being a used car dealer and having a love for anything Mopar. I have attended countless car shows, driven countless different cars, and helped my father fix every piece of a car there is. Yes, I can hold a conversation with pretty much everyone on the topic of cars, I can even explain to those who are uniformed how an engine works and what makes the car actually run. But I am nowhere near a genius. When I attend these huge car shows, I get lost in the words and parts that these die-hards speak about. They are geniuses, they can take a car apart and put it back together like it is their day job and this is what proves this entire article’s standpoint wrong. Being a true genius is all about perception, to my friends I am the car genius and when they have a problem, they come to me, but to those people at the shows, I am just a kid who knows a thing or two about cars. So quite honestly, it is impossible to actually recognize a true genius because it all depends on who knows more.

  18. Demetri Allen May 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    Throughout my whole academic career, I always thought of knowledge as a relative concept. I always got good grades and was normally on the honor roll with A’s and B’s but throughout high school, I think I can safely safe I barely tried. This always made me curious as to how I could scoot through high school with a fairly decent GPA without putting in my full effort. Perhaps, I just finessed my way through the public education system or maybe I was just naturally gifted. I do believe I am smart but I am certainly no expert or genius. Personally, I found you could never gauge how smart someone really was just by looking at their grades. I knew girls who would consistently worry and cry over exams and score A’s on them every single time without fail, and at the same time be so inept that making a simple phone call to order pizza was the worlds hardest challenge. You could study as much as you possibly can for school and still be an idiot in every situation outside the classroom. I feel like the reason I didn’t really try was that almost every class was about topics I didn’t care about, or I simply wasn’t going to need or apply ever in my life. This is why I gave it my all in classes like Econ which talked about things in the real world, important things that I could bring up in an intelligent conversation. I feel like there are a lot of other ways to make yourself smart and that you can only be an expert in a topic that you genuinely have interest in. More often than not you know more about something you like than something you don’t like.

  19. Edward Holzel May 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    Being an expert nowadays is becoming less and less needed. Every time I have a question, I go to Google and google what I need to know. It normally takes me 5 minutes to skim and figure out what I need to know. Being an expert in a field seems to be less and less of a required and relied on skill. However, we need doctors and scientist to be experts because they do not have time to skim the internet. A doctor must make split-second decisions that can be the difference between life and death. The concept of experts being human filters is interesting to me. An expert can sort through a ton of information, that a normal person couldn’t understand, and pick out three or four bullet points of information and relay it to the decision makers. Being able to sort through information helps more than understanding it. I can google and teach myself enough to figure out what information on an excel sheet means. However, that could cost me hours of research and reading to figure it out and to sort it as well. Having an expert allows information to be easily read and explained to me and advice are given on what to do. Also, experts are expected to not need notes. There is an old rule, the 10,000-hour rule. It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill and become an expert. People who devote so much of their lives to a certain area are experts. These experts do not need to pull up a textbook or google questions. Experts know their field by heart. That is something that is lost today. People are losing the passion for information because most information is at the grasp of their fingertips through our smartphones. Overall, experts are more than people who know a lot and they can still be used in a world where almost all information is accessible within 10 seconds.

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