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Monday, July 18, 2011

"Expertise is a posture as much as it is a volume of knowledge."

From Seth Godin's latest blog.

The line resonates with me. I need some time to unpack it, but I just kinda wanted to throw it out here. Definitely has applications for combat sport/self-defense...

3 comments:

Joshkie said...

Most of the experts you hear about our experts because they label themselves as an expert, not because they have acually accomplished anything.

Josh

britt said...

I took a public speaking class once where the teacher said, if you think you know 10% more on the topic than anyone else in the room, you are the expert.

Certainly some of this was geared toward having confidence to sell an idea to an unknown audience, but that just further supports posture argument.

Jake said...

@Josh

I'm a cynic as much as the next guy, but I'm not entirely sure that's true. There are definitely some self-labeled experts out there, but there are also the experts who honestly came by that title through word of mouth and reputation (Rory comes to mind).

@ Britt

That, unfortunately, describes the way a lot of martial arts instructors approach pedagogy (i.e, if you're a yellow belt, you must be good enough to teach a white belt).

There is some truth to it though...an inexperienced martial artist who speaks with a lot of confidence can wow all kinds of folk.