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|Zach| 01-22-2013 03:50 AM

Would you consider yourself an expert in your chosen field?
 
I know the question is a bit open ended.

Been reading and watching a number of things about people working on their craft or becoming experts in their chosen jobs and it is always interesting to me. Saw a few documentaries with a few guys...one is a famous fashion photographer for the NY Times and the other owns one of the world's most highly regarded sushi restaurants (it only has 10 seats).

It was eye opening how both of these guys made their work their lives...there wasn't room for anyone else. They are at the top of their game professionally and still are never content rest or even admit success. In the first example so much that they wondered if he ever had a romantic relationship in his life.

These are extreme cases but do you constantly work and strive to improve your abilities or what you bring to the table in your line of work? Would you call yourself an expert? Or do you get to that point where you reached a level of happiness where work maintains the life you want to live away from it.

Currently contemplating my own work life balance and I always find the varied perspectives of CP'ers compelling.

Rausch 01-22-2013 04:50 AM

I can color inside the lines, show up for work with both shoes tied, and have 0 DWI's.

I'd say I'm easily in the top 10% at work...

"Bob" Dobbs 01-22-2013 06:30 AM

There is ALWAYS room for improvement, but yeah. I'm pretty damn good at what I do.

htismaqe 01-22-2013 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rausch (Post 9340741)
I can color inside the lines, show up for work with both shoes tied, and have 0 DWI's.

I'd say I'm easily in the top 10% at work...

ROFL

crazycoffey 01-22-2013 06:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rausch (Post 9340741)
I can color inside the lines, show up for work with both shoes tied, and have 0 DWI's.

I'd say I'm easily in the top 10% at work...

who's political office do you work for?

keg in kc 01-22-2013 06:51 AM

I do my job, but I have no passion for it. It's not something I ever anticipated doing and I don't want to do it for the rest of my life. But I'll probably have to. That's just how things have played out.

As far as being an expert, well, I have a lot of issues to work through. It's difficult to explain without going into my life story (which most of the old timers have probably heard by now) but I have to fight every day against low self confidence and low self esteem, basically an attitude burned into me growing up that I'm worthless and nothing I do will ever be worth a damn, so why even try. I think I'm fighting it harder now than I ever have before. But I'll never be able to think of myself as being good at something, or the best at something, and that's because I know I'll never have the ambition or the drive or the dedication that it takes to get there. "Good enough to get by" is about the tip of the iceberg for me. And I am good enough to get by at my job.

Strongside 01-22-2013 06:51 AM

Yes, with room to grow.

ncCHIEFfan 01-22-2013 06:53 AM

LOL...expert? Ummm...no!

Buehler445 01-22-2013 06:56 AM

My profession is a jack of all trades kind of thing. I'm really good at some of them, weak at other aspects, shitty at being a mechanic and fab work. Most of it though is more management, and I'd say I'm pretty decent.

Unless you're talking about the part time tax work I do. Then I suck.

Flachief58 01-22-2013 06:57 AM

I've been doing the same thing for over 20 years. While I'm very good at what I do, I also know that you never know it all and there's always room for improvement

Buehler445 01-22-2013 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by "Bob" Dobbs (Post 9340813)
There is ALWAYS room for improvement, but yeah. I'm pretty damn good at what I do.

This is pretty much my assessment of myself.

KCUnited 01-22-2013 07:03 AM

Of course.

tooge 01-22-2013 07:08 AM

I've been at mine for 20 years, and I'm using all of the state of the art technology available that is actually worth using. The things I don't enjoy doing, I refer to a specialist, even though I used to do just about everything myself. For better or worse, in my job, you have to be an expert or you aren't going to be doing it for very long.

KC_Lee 01-22-2013 07:17 AM

Changed roles at my company about a year ago. Went from being a data analyst (manager of a team) to a business analyst.

Still have a lot to learn in the new role and I am working towards a certification. Not an expert in the overall job but working of getting there.

Deberg_1990 01-22-2013 07:18 AM

nope. i scraped by on good luck and sleeping my way to the top.


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