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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, 08:50 AM   #31
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Part of being an expert is understanding how much you have yet to learn to perfect your given craft, thus creating the situation where you think you are not an expert based on the things left to learn. Which is constantly changing with the technological advances in todays society.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:55 AM   #32
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Nobody is as good as they think they are and as bad as other people tell them they are. In my 35 years of computer support, I have repaired over 40,000 computers and 10,000 printers of all kinds - ranging from desktops to mainframes. I had to work with:

1. DOS
2. Unix
3. OS/2
4. Novel
5. Microsoft
6. Java
7. Appletalk

And just about every email system devised by mankind.

At one point I was considered an expert but now I don't give a crap. Its called input overload. I have one standing professional rule...Never argue with an idiot.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:02 AM   #33
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:12 AM   #34
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #35
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If the magic 10,000 hour rule is true, then yes, at least a couple times over... but, there's so much to learn, I don't really feel like one. I had an interesting conversation with someone about whether you can be an expert in IT without having extremely deep knowledge in one area... I've never stuck with one thing long enough to know it inside and out, but have been troubleshooting problems with everything from Cobol to networking to Windows, Unix, scripting, Java, etc; for several years.

Sometimes I feel like I should specialize and become a subject matter expert in something (especially if it means never working with Windows again), but I like the variety and know quite a bit in several areas, even if it's only at an intermediate-advanced level.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #36
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:21 AM   #37
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #38
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:53 AM   #39
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Nobody is as good as they think they are and as bad as other people tell them they are. In my 35 years of computer support, I have repaired over 40,000 computers and 10,000 printers of all kinds - ranging from desktops to mainframes. I had to work with:

1. DOS
2. Unix
3. OS/2
4. Novel
5. Microsoft
6. Java
7. Appletalk

And just about every email system devised by mankind.

At one point I was considered an expert but now I don't give a crap. Its called input overload. I have one standing professional rule...Never argue with an idiot.
Don't know if you have any ideas but on my new i-phone 5 I can receive e-mail but not reply nor create and send,I've even spent over 2 hours on phone support with Apple and they are at a loss.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #40
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:15 AM   #41
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Don't know if you have any ideas but on my new i-phone 5 I can receive e-mail but not reply nor create and send,I've even spent over 2 hours on phone support with Apple and they are at a loss.
If it's an ISP's email, it's pretty much always because the outbound smtp settings aren't correct, so Googling 'iphone send email [your isp]' is a good place to start. Most ISPs should have a page like this that makes it easy. Of course, this would be step one for any competent help desk, but there's a reason I never talk to them...
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:35 AM   #42
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Don't know if you have any ideas but on my new i-phone 5 I can receive e-mail but not reply nor create and send,I've even spent over 2 hours on phone support with Apple and they are at a loss.
That's dependent on your mail server. Apple technicians wouldn't be able to help. Who is your e-mail provider?

Usually in situations where you can receive but not send, you're using a POP3 type e-mail account. Which has separate servers for receiving mail(POP3) and sending mail(SMTP). Things are working with the server that receives mail, but not with the server that sends mail.

Check with your e-mail provider to see what settings you need for the SMTP server. Including SSL authentication if needed, and port number. When you have that, get on your phone and go to Settings\Mail, Contacts, Calendars\AccountName\Account\Outgoing Mail Server. There you will enter the correct SMTP server, and any settings necessary to make it work. Usually you need SSL enabled, and not having that enabled will prevent it from working.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:05 AM   #43
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:50 PM   #45
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That's dependent on your mail server. Apple technicians wouldn't be able to help. Who is your e-mail provider?

Usually in situations where you can receive but not send, you're using a POP3 type e-mail account. Which has separate servers for receiving mail(POP3) and sending mail(SMTP). Things are working with the server that receives mail, but not with the server that sends mail.

Check with your e-mail provider to see what settings you need for the SMTP server. Including SSL authentication if needed, and port number. When you have that, get on your phone and go to Settings\Mail, Contacts, Calendars\AccountName\Account\Outgoing Mail Server. There you will enter the correct SMTP server, and any settings necessary to make it work. Usually you need SSL enabled, and not having that enabled will prevent it from working.

Hope that helps.
Correct it is a pop3 account and I have contacted my e-mail server,my web page designer,Apple and even had a close friend who is good with these things and still no luck.I have the phone set up like my laptop which works fine and my previous phone,an android was set up the same and worked fine.
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