After talking about the importance of understanding and working from personal core values a lovely gentleman stopped me to ask a couple of questions. At one point he mentioned he had never met an expert on core values before.
Surprised I explained I was no expert.
He pointed out that I sure seemed like one seeing as I wrote a book on the subject, gave workshops and coached around this.
I appreciated his compliment but I still have to say I’m no expert.
In my mind an expert knows pretty much all there is to know on a topic and has little left to learn.
I learn every time I have a workshop from the discussions and aha moments.
I learn every time I assist a client to explore, pinpoint and begin to create a life they love from value centered living. I learn from the many articles both for and against value based living.
I think the word expert is oft over used and too often a marketing ploy. I have had a business coach tell me recently point blank, I need to be an expert in something. Really? Hmmm. Just like that?
That just feels wrong to me. Core values are personal and I certainly cannot be the expert on yours for you now can I? Do I have to be am expert to coach you on this?
I reject that notion. Instead I consider myself an advocate of value based living. A support and guide for my clients as they become experts on the only life they can… their own.
What do you think about all these experts?