I recently started taking classes in an area I’m pretty sure was not the original subject of this goal. LOL…but it’s a subject I absolutely love! Since I love it, I will keep learning about it and expertise wiill surely come!
“If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.”
- Jewish Saying 1 month ago
Is that I know I kept changing my mind about what my expertise is, yet because I never said what it was supposed to be throughout all of these entries, I can read them without cringing because what I thought would be my expertise when I started the goal, is not what what I believe my expertise is at the end of this goal. It’s a completely different field and subject.
At the end, the truth about what I really and truly want to do…and have been doing came out. I’m embracing it.
It’s like that quote “If you can bear to choose one door closing all the others then you will find…you have a whole new range of new doors opening up. Ones you never imagined before you took that step forward, committed, and didn’t turn back.”- Andrea Perry
Choosing one door is all I ever had to do. This has been my lifelong challenge.
“Nothing good in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 3 months ago
I just found out that an article I wrote was mentioned in a book written by parenting expert with a PhD.
She quoted me. I’m still in a state of shock! I feel deeply flattered and authenticated. I am a subject matter expert.
I am a subject matter expert.
I am a subject matter expert.
I am a subject matter expert. 4 months ago
“I am sustained by knowing that I am doing what is right.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu 5 months ago
“What I do best is share my enthusiasm.”
- Bill Gates 5 months ago
“A man is only as good as what he loves.”
- Saul Bellow 5 months ago
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.”
- Winston Churchill 6 months ago
“No person who is enthusiastic about her work has anything to fear from life.”
- Samuel Goldwyn 6 months ago
“We work to become, not to acquire.”
- Elbert Hubbard 6 months ago
“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.”
- David Starr Jordan 6 months ago
“A man is only as good as what he loves.”
- Saul Bellow 6 months ago
“The work will teach you how to do it.”
- Estonian proverb 6 months ago
Is having something new every day to say about a certain subject a sign of mastery
Inspired by an article I read by a graduate of the the U of Penn’sAuthentic Happiness program and a post by Penelope Trunk, one day out of the blue I started writing things about my expertise, it’s a series of lessons. At first I just started writing and then over time it turned into a series of lessons. I post one lesson a day on a writing site I belong to. So far I’m up to 15! It’s fun because I don’t know what I’m going to write next!
Is having something new every day to say about a certain subject a sign of mastery? In time I will be able to answer this question.
I’m also going to post this under the goal “stop trying to define yourself and see who shows up.’ 9 months ago
The other day on my 365 question project, I made up a metaphorical “curriculum” for myself where I listed my “major,” my “minor” and 9 “electives.”
My inspiration for starting this goal in April is listed as an elective!
My “major” is something I’ve been doing for seven years, but wouldn’t quite call myself an expert as of yet. Maybe after ten years.
Some of those electives are things I thought I might like to master one day. I’ll probably get certified in two of them. Another is a life skill. 13 months ago
“These Mr. Know-it-alls are occasionally, even quite frequently, to be met with in a certain social stratum. They know everything, all the restless inquisitiveness of their minds and all their abilities are turned irresistibly in one direction, certainly for lack of more important life interests and perspectives, as a modern thinker would say. The phrase “they know all” implies, however, a rather limited sphere: where so-and-so works, who he is acquainted with, how much he is worth, where he was governor, who he is married to, how much his wife brought him, who his cousins are, who his cousins twice removed are, etc., etc., all in the same vein. For the most part these know-it-alls go about with holes at the elbows and earn a salary of seventeen roubles a month. The people whose innermost secrets they know would, of course, be unable to understand what interests guide them, and yet many of them are positively consoled by this knowledge that amounts to a whole science; they achieve self-respect and even the highest spiritual satisfaction.”
Dostoevsky, Fyodor (2012-07-18). The Idiot (Kindle Locations 360-367). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 14 months ago
Four months ago I was talking about my first 26 hours of consciously working on this goal. Now I’m at like 199 hours and 51 minutes. I’ll make 200 today. Yipee!
No longer will I allow my accomplishments slip through the sieve of my life. I’ll keep track of them, count them, bask in them, draw confidence from them.
200 hours is something to be proud of!
“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
- Henry Ford 15 months ago
“If you want to be happy for an evening, buy a bottle of wine; for a week, slaughter a pig; if you want to be happy throughout your life, enjoy your work.”
- Chinese saying 16 months ago
Here’s an article on psychology today about the often quoted 10,000 hour rule…
“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
- Marilyn vos Savant 17 months ago
“Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.”
- William Butler Yeats 19 months ago
“Whereever the individual’s ATTENTION goes his power goes too…Until he does that his power stands around and waits…”Elizabeth Jones Towne 19 months ago
While I was researching something yesterday I just kept going and going and going—once for four hours sraight without a break. Imagine me trying to do that while those time guzzlers still ruled my life.
http://www.43things.com/things/view/370205/keep-track-of-my-time (I wrote extensively about those time guzzlers here)
Now Soaps and Reading were actually stress relief time guzzlers so they were alright, but friends and newborn babies are stressful!
First things first, I had to tame the time guzzlers, so I could focus on my work. I’m peeling potatoes and cooking dinner as I’m writing this.
“Before Zen, chop wood and carry water. After Zen, chop wood and carry water.”—Zen saying 20 months ago
1)Making money from my natural talents (curiosity, persistence, logical mind) and learned skills and knowledge (processes and procedures).
2)Feeling a strong connection to the field. (I always felt like an outsider in journ.)
3)Meeting great people in the field
4)Mastering hundreds of terms and dozens of procedures in several areas.
5)Having fun while practicing it.
6)Learning more and more about it every day and documenting the time spent doing so. 20 months ago
And this is just in this go-round. I actually have many more hours from 2010, but since this is a new beginning. I keep thinking of the ET quote where he says the first step contains within in every other step and the destination. The other day I imagined my retirement party from DOL…and it all started with these first conscious 26 hours of work, concentration, focus etc. 20 months ago