Friday, September 16, 2016
It is easy to judge an expert (or real professional) in a physical activity, by the results. My first experience in 'grownup' life and the term Expert was on the rifle range aboard Parris Island, SC. Most southern boys in my area loved to shoot. We had air rifles at 8-10 years old.
Nearly 60 years later
By the time we were 12 we had our own or access to a .22 caliber rifle or shotgun. Boys prided themselves in accuracy. Parris Island was the first time I could prove how good I was. I loved the M1 Rifle. I broke a range record the day before Qualification. I was an expert rifleman, and had the score and medal to prove it. There are many Expert Riflemen in the military, I was one of many.
There are expert mechanics, the plaque on the wall says he is schooled. His correct diagnosis and repair of your car consistently, shows he is an expert.
In the case of your electrician, plumber or A/C man; his certification says he has passed a test. Your satisfaction of his/her work decides if they are an expert of not.
It took a long time in my life to understand that every professional is NOT an expert. That pertains to ditch diggers and doctors. There are service technicians who are what we called, "Easter Eggers". They looked for the problem by guessing. It could be this (change the part), well that's not it. Let's try this! etc. I learned (slowly) just because the man has the tools, doesn't mean he can repair something efficiently.
Example: I used an A/C man to check a unit that was not operating properly. Within the hour he told me I needed a complete new system Cost $2,255.00. I told him I would let him know. I saw a red flag. I called George Painter, I knew George was an EXPERT. Also within an hour George called. "I've got time to fix it Jack, but it will cost about $80. It needs cleaning, the folks in the house removed the filter and the inside if loaded with cat hair." In life it pays to KNOW the expert.
Doctors: My BIL and BEST FRIEND Sonny was told by his doctor one kidney was cancerous and should be removed. Sonny was concerned and went for a 2nd opinion. Using a reference from his doctor. "Yes, it needs to come out." So they took it. The kidney was removed, and upon testing it was a good kidney no cancer. Long story, short. Later the other kidney started failing and he had to go on dialysis. He is gone now, I am still upset, he could still be here for me to jaw and fuss at, HE was the best.
I'm skeptical, In the case of Sonny's 2nd opinion. I think the Dr. was busy and took his friends diagnosis and said, "It needs to come out (thinking my friend can't be wrong on that.)"
In business an expert is someone from 100miles away. A real expert is from 3000 miles away.
Another definition of the business expert, is a “Drip under pressure.”
I love these old Auto repair pictures.
Friend Buddy's Mustang, He is now a full time RV'er and had to let it go. It was his beauty and powerhouse