The best experts are really experts at the relationships of building expertise in this information age. There is so much information available today, that it has become truly difficult to discern the usefulness and the useless for any individual situation. But then, with the advent of the internet, there is so much more information that can be accessed than it was just a generation ago. Ironically it is the methods of the past generations of experts that make all this ease of access to information work. The relationships I speak of are the information that is put together through experience.
Experience Builds The Expertise
Experience simply means having done the due diligence about the topic I am working with and have found the right way of doing it. In other words, I’ve found so many ways to screw it up that I can do it right without worrying about it again. Yes, I’m now an expert because I’ve discovered and learnt everything I can about it. No one else knows more about how it works and fails than I do.
Such a person has my trust. In fact, although it takes much time to get to build that level of heuristics, age really matters little. If you disagree, then compare the abilities of a young child prodigy in either of music, maths or a computer system with that on an aged doctor of medicine. One expertise is not mutually exchangeable for another.
The good doctor may have taken a whole lifetime to develop his heuristics in his area of expertise. However, the child is called a prodigy for various reasons. But it is also obvious that he or she has concentrated many hours, perhaps most of his or her short life on that particular field that offers joy. As many experts say, they have all given their due diligence more than ten thousand hours of practicing their chosen craft.
What The Experts See In Information Relationships
It is stunning to find that experts in a certain topic know so much relating to it. And that is the value they bring. They have literally interwoven their knowledge, the way things in their universe work as related to everyone else. Experts have a ‘feel’ or an intimacy about it. Remember asking a truly great car mechanic about an obvious vehicle failure and he asks a few questions. Then bingo, he comes up with a totally apparently unrelated answer to your vehicle’s problem. And yet, he’s right! But you had no clue. You see, that guy saw the relationships of the circumstances that led to your vehicle’s problem.
Now, that becomes a problem for newbies who want to become experts. Well, because you’re a newbie, you have yet to develop that ability to be called an expert. So you want to be an expert golf player. Then it takes dedicated practice, training and learning from as many sources of experts as possible. It take you to go out and test yourself against the best. If you’re able to meet or beat them, you’re getting there.
Doesn’t it drive you crazy that the so called experts seem to be throwing up more information than you can learn? And yet they still have more secrets that you can understand. That is the mystique about becoming an expert.