An expert is many different things to many different people. The most regularly heard answer is that in expert is someone who has actively practiced for ten thousand hours. This answer became the mainstream definition after famous author Malcom Gladwell discussed it in one of his best selling books. In his book he references the lives and careers of individuals and groups like Bill Gates and The Beatles to support this idea. Showing how by the time they achieved their breakthrough successes, they had accumulated their ten thousand hours of active practice. But is it really this simple? This concept has permeated all levels of our culture. Outspoken musician Macklemore even had a number one song dedicated to the concept in 2012. Still I query, is ten thousand hours enough?
There are several new studies out that support that time invested is one part of making someone an expert, but that it’s not the only component. There are a few other requirements. Things like passion, natural talent, age and the economic environment you are raised in potentially all play a part. After much thought and research, I have compiled a list of few other characteristics that I believe experts have.
Time Invested. I’ve pointed out that maybe ten thousand hours on its own is not enough, but it is a very important first step. It is a good indication of knowledge and experience gained.
Continuing Education. It is not possible to know everything about any particular subject. New advances in science and technology are regularly coming to the surface. Some one that constantly seeks out these discoveries and is constantly learning and making them self-better, and can therefore help the people around them more effectively.
Communication. Knowledge without the ability to share and teach those around them is not useful. An expert can educate you about their field.
Openness. A true expert will never claim trade secrets. A true expert will always share with you what they are doing and why they are doing it.
At SkinScience we strive daily to be experts in our field. We strive to share our expertise with and educate our clients as well. We are in a continual learning phase, always seeking the information that will help us help our clients. Collectively we have over 25 years of experience. Working 40 hours a week that results in about forty five thousand hours!
Come in and put our expertise to work for you!
Yours in the quest for all things beautiful,