I honestly sort of hate the word “expert.” I feel like it implies that you’ve mastered your chosen field, and now we should all do exactly as you say, because obviously you are the most right. (this sounds ridiculous, right? It sounded ridiculous when I just read it to myself.) But this is the mind game we tell ourselves–someone else always knows better.” ______”will know exactly how to solve my problem. If I take _______’s class on ______ , I will be perfect. Top of my game.
Somehow I feel like we’ve ingrained in our subconscious minds that we aren’t enough. And I think that’s awful.
As I’ve grown into my business and worked with a bunch of other ones, I’ve come to the realization that expertise isn’t defined by mastery. It’s defined by your willingness to continually learn from everything.
My kind of expert is in a constant state of evolution and growth, not perched at the top and going nowhere. My kind of expert believes in dialogue over monologue, active listening over speaking. My kind of expert owns the fact the she doesn’t know, and willingly seeks out the answer.
This is the type of “expert” I choose to be. What about you?