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View Poll Results: Would you consider yourself an expert in your chosen field?
Yes. I have my field of expertise totally locked down. Come at me. 27 19.85%
Yes. But I have a lot of room to grow. 81 59.56%
No. But I am learning and getting there. 19 13.97%
No. And honestely I don't know how I still have my job. 3 2.21%
I am not in the line of work I would like to be in but that will change in the future. 4 2.94%
I am not in the line of work I would like to be in and probably never will be. 2 1.47%
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:50 AM  
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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.

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #16
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I'm an expert, but the whole single-minded savant thing isn't me at all. I love my teaching duties, but I do a lot of other stuff as well to keep me sharp. I tend to get really excited and passionate about things in waves, which is why I do a lot of freelance as well as help my wife with her business. At core, though, my love is teaching because it's dynamic, rewarding, and enjoyable.

My wife, on the other hand, is a single-minded savant. She works probably 12-14 hours a day at her job and is completely passionate about it... at times annoyingly so in that she's bordering on workaholic.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #17
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:26 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:26 AM   #19
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same company for 30 years now. started writing code, changed to networking, changed to installing access points on towers, changed to fiber/switching.

i have no idea what the **** is going on anymore, but they're still paying me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:30 AM   #20
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #21
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Yes,I consider myself in an expert but always with room to grow.At 50 I don't work near like I used to nor do I have the passion to do so.My company will be 23 years old later this year and I have actively started seeking a person or persons who either may want to join the business and/or better yet buy it with the option of keeping me on in sales only if they want.
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Not even close for me. I'm more of a "jack of all trades/master of none". In my job, I've been an engineer, splicer, central office tech, maintenance tech and heavy equipment operator. I can do my job from top to bottom, but I have co-workers that can do each individual job better than me.
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Not even close for me. I'm more of a "jack of all trades/master of none". In my job, I've been an engineer, splicer, central office tech, maintenance tech and heavy equipment operator. I can do my job from top to bottom, but I have co-workers that can do each individual job better than me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #24
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Nope, but pretty much everyone I work with seems to think I am for some reason. I've gotten sent TDY to fix things at other sites numerous times, but when I get there more often than not it's something that seems like common sense that needed fixing....I come out looking like some damned genius for not doing much.

If I got paid for what I actually do vs what they all believe I do, I would probably be broke.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #25
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:54 AM   #26
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I know I can learn more, but I think I am an expert anyways in my field of work. Not much to it but it has it's moments to think during situations that erupt at a whims notice. Knowing what to do in crisis situations is very important. Being patient and tollerent are virtues one must possess when working with individuals with disabilities. It's harder working with n00bs & or idiots that are here
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:04 AM   #27
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I think I am pretty knowledgable about my field as a whole and would consider myself an expert with lots of room to learn. I really want to be an all out expert in a specialized area of my field which I am probably about 3/4 of the way to that.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:34 AM   #28
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No, I am good at what I do, and I take pride in it, but our field changes daily, and im not an expert on the past knowledge yet. My dad would definitely be considered an expert in our field, he is extremely respected in our area. I am good at what I do, but I have years worth of knowledge to learn at this point.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:39 AM   #29
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I'm good at the key elements of my trade. I'd love to make enough to hire an bookkeeper to push papers and bill my clients because I loathe that part of it. It's an ever changing industry with regard to new technologies, materials, building codes, and style choices. That's what keeps my attention. I love that aspect of it the job.

I'd rather write and interact with my community on a full-time basis but that doesn't pay the bills right now so it remains a hobby.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:46 AM   #30
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Pretty interesting thread idea that makes it challenging to be humble.

Having been in a very niche technical field for the last 21 years that the majority of people aren't even aware exists, I am at the top.

Our industry peaked about 1998 and is a technology that is being designed out, where possible. Since it's inception, the Electronics Industry has been a constantly changing playing field to get smaller, cheaper and better.

Counting the days until my full time occupation is whatever the heck I decide to do that day.

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