If you're alive, you have experience. If you've worked, you have experience. The longer you've lived and the longer you've worked, the more experience you've accumulated. However, experience is not the same as expertise. Expertise is far more valuable and you must have expertise to attain higher levels of performance and value.
What is an EXPERT?
My definition: a person who combines critical thinking and a healthy skepticism (always asking "why?" or "why not?") with their experience to rise above everyone in their field.
THE expert is the go-to person, the one whom others follow and quote and try to emulate.
Experience provides the back story, but is not sufficient for a person to become THE EXPERT.
The next time you're inclined to tout your years of experience, stop! The next time you think you should add another set of initials after your name, proving just how educated and certified you are, stop! The next time you direct your efforts to fitting in and being like everyone else, stop!
You'll feel comfortable being like everyone else, but you will never be THE EXPERT.
- Experts make the rules.
- Experts seek differences of perspective to help them stay on their toes.
- Experts speak their own language and create statements other people copy.
- Experts use evocative and provocative lanaguage.
- Experts create surprising metaphors that stick with people.
- Experts create ever-increasing value for themselves, their companies and for others.
For EXPERTS, the goal is always higher levels of outputs, not more inputs.
How are you going to turn your experience into expertise and then become THE EXPERT?