Expert vs Experience
One of my massage colleagues made a post through social networking the other day asking “how can someone call themselves an expert when all they do is repost information from other sources” and it got me thinking. What is truly the difference? To me the difference is strictly the ending of the word, the letter “t” or the letters “ience”. In order to be considered an expert, one must first have experience in the area of knowledge. I do not consider myself an expert in anything, but I do have a lot of experience in many areas such as; massage, recreation, juicing, essential oils, cancer and many other areas of life. Some of which are wonderful and some are very painful, but without the painful ones we wouldn’t grow and create the wonderful ones. With each experience grows the knowledge to educate others, whether it is your child to not touch a hot stove, a client to do a proper stretch or giving advice on which doctor to go to for a certain illness. The more knowledge you gain through experience, reading and researching will lead you to becoming what some consider an expert in that topic. Keeping in mind that even experts disagree with each other, so one persons opinion may not fit what you feel is appropriate for you. When giving or seeking advice from anyone remember to listen, take in everything they are saying and then filter out what will fit best for you and your family and discard the rest of the information. One size does not fit all when it comes to experience, so learn from each experience and if you want to be an expert on a subject, continue to study the topic and seek out knowledgeable individuals that have more experience than you.