Talk about an overused way in which to describe an individual.  In this day and age, and in all facets of our lives, we are often referred or called attention to the opinions of “experts.”  Whether dealing with professional or personal issues, there are always experts nearby ready to render their opinion and influence our actions.

An expert is defined by the dictionary as someone with the special skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject.  While I am fond of stating that, in my opinion “there are no experts,” I do realize there are individuals who possess a great deal of knowledge on a particular subject that exceeds the amount held by a vast majority of others.   These individuals, through years of research, hands-on experience and a true passion for their chosen area of expertise, may indeed have earned the title of expert.  My beef is with those who are labeled or believe themselves to be an expert, when they have done little to validate their opinions. (more…)