Are you an accidental expert?
It couldn’t be that simple, right?
The scene made me wonder… If I spent my time learning, experiencing and applying one subject or concept would I eventually become an expert on it? Do I need degrees, certifications, and awards to make me an expert or is it just based on the knowledge I chose to obtain? This line of thinking lead me to my next question. What am I spending my time becoming an expert in?
Here’s the irony… yesterday a popular website WorldStarHipHop temporarily went down and the Twitter world went nuts. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this site… think of Youtube’s format but all the videos are hip hop, street fights, pure ignorance and/or degradation. Admittedly, I’ve spent a lunch hour or two perusing the site and mindlessly enjoying the mindlessness of others but that furthers my point. If I had spent more time on that site or others that did not enhance my life in any way would I become an expert on ignorance? What are the opportunity costs associated with spending my time on mindless pleasures and indulgences?
So… what do I want to be an expert in? With free libraries, online and physical bookstores, documentaries and the vastness of the internet isn’t it quite possible to become an expert in any field imaginable?The question is almost as difficult as answering, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but not quite. We can all easily become an expert on our family and friends. It seems commonplace to know more about a celebrity’s personal life than one’s own family history or the current events of our loved ones. It might be a good place to start.
Are you an accidental expert? What do you spend your free time learning about?