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Never listen to someone claiming to be an expert



May 16, 2010 – Comments (3)

I was reading the new york times small business section today and came across this article.  The subject was Goldman Sach's employees who left the company to do something other then finance.  These former employees were sending back suggestions to Goldman.  One I particulary liked was: Don't trust anyone claiming to be an expert.  I couldn't agree more.  Why?  It's one part arrogance.  I'd rather not work with someone so full of themselves.  Second, I feel as though experts think that they're done learning, that they know everything that they need to know.  This is of course not true.  Our greatest minds continue to search and read to uncover knew truths.  Third, they're not going to listen to you.  They know more than you, so why listen to your problems.

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#1) On May 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM, 1315623493 wrote:

What if they are really are an expert and know more than you, and it's you who won't listen because of your own arrogance? Not saying you're arrogant or stupid... ;-)

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#2) On May 16, 2010 at 3:48 PM, vriguy (69.48) wrote:

Listen, but talk to several experts so that you understand the limits of their knowledge.  Experts may not always steer you in the correct direction, but the odds they'll do so are better than a random non-expert (perhaps including yourself).

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#3) On May 17, 2010 at 12:49 AM, ralphmachio (< 20) wrote:

Practice keeping all possibilities as possible realities, and be flexible. 

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