Rethinking experts

When you think of the term "expert" what pops into your head?

Is it someone with a lot of education? Experience in the field? Someone who's written a book or two about their area of expertise?

As the Coronavirus situation unfolds, I've been fascinated by how often 'experts' are wrong. I don't mean that as a slight, but rather, for the longest time we've put so much stock in experts, it's surprising at how often we succumb to our own biases and mistakes.

To be clear, someone who has gone to medical school with decades of schooling undoubtedly is exposed to more information and learnings that someone who has not.

But how much does that translate it them being 'right' more often? Perhaps not as much as we think.

We live in a world where it's easy to 'dunk' on people for being wrong, but the reality is we are all more wrong more often than we think.

Instead of dunking on those who are wrong, we should encourage everyone even experts to invest in the process of constantly updating their map of reality.

Invest in mastery, but don't think it's the end goal. This is something I've been thinking a lot about and will explore further on this blog.

Have a great Monday.