What is an Expert?

How many of us that are now retired considered ourselves “experts” in our given field during our working lives. Individuals that knew their woodworking capabilities might have been called “Master Woodworkers.” Electricians may have been referred to as “Master Electricians,” and well, you get the picture.

My field was insurance underwriting and after being in the field more than thirty years soon became known as a “Master Underwriter”, in addition to eventually working myself up to Underwriting Manager.  As a matter of fact, individuals that pursue insurance as a career often find themselves obtaining their  (CPCU®) designation in order to be recognized as an expert in the property and casualty field of insurance.

As mentioned on Wikipedia:

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) is a professional designation in property-casualty insurance and risk management. The CPCU designation is held by just over 2% of all those employed in the insurance industry in the United States, and is widely considered the premier designation in the property and casualty insurance industry.
Before I go any further with this post, allow me to point out that the aforementioned designation is, in my opinion, definitely the premier designation in the property and casualty insurance industry and I am proud to be able to say that I am a CPCU. I, truthfully  believe that myself and my family would not be where we are today had I not studied the field of insurance as I did so that I could achieve that designation.
 However, seeing that I have long been removed from the everyday business of insurance underwriting, and have now been retired for twenty years, my main goal in life now is to (1) wake up so I can put my feet on the floor which means I am still on the right side of the grass, and (2) try as hard as I can to find something funny to share with those around me as often as possible.
Having said that allow me to share with you two different versions of my definition of the word expert:

The first one would be a quote from Nicholas Murray Butler

“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.”

The second version is my comical version of what an “expert” is:

Let’s break the word down:

Take ex or (X) – we all know that usually in many instances, when we see the letter “X” we take it to mean “nothing.”

In doing so, that leaves the second part of the word or “spurt” (pert) and for those of you that do not know what a “spurt” is –  it is a drip under pressure.  Many of you have already figured out where I am going with this – haven’t you?

Yup, in my present crazy mixed up world, anyone today holding themselves out as an “expert” is basically just a – are you ready for this: A Drip Under Pressure Who Knows Nothing!

drop, blue, water nDone in Skencil.    Under pressure   nothing

There you have it, my crazy mixed up definition of an expert and I am sticking to it!
Hope everyone has a great day.
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About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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