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Five Qualities of an Expert

First quality: Expertise is fundamentally built on recognition, which immediately leads to intuition in any field of expertise. ­

For example, grandmaster chess players outperform their opponents, not due to better mathematical prowess or any other talent, but rather because they can recall more positions on the chessboard (called chunking). It takes around 10,000 hours, (five years) of regular practice, to become capable of having such recognition. However, 10,000 hours alone are insufficient to become an expert; four more requirements must also be satisfied. Without satisfying these requirements, being an expert in any profession is impossible.

Second quality: The expert has to have made countless judgments and received quick feedback on the decision's quality.­­­­­

Third quality: To guarantee that the forecast is made in a genuine context, one that is predictable rather than random, the expert must also have an excellent grasp on the space of his competence. If the outcome is in a random space, an expert must be able to ignore their tendency to detect patterns where none exist and maintain their focus on statistical likelihood.

Fourth quality: The expert must restrict the data of a model that only takes pertinent concerns into account.

Fifth quality: The expert must put in 1,000 hours of focused practice. The expert must continually apply to learn more about relevant topics and provide timely and accurate information. The expert cannot relax and get lacy.

This is why attorneys who have litigation experience draft better documents and patents. This is why consultants working with multiple firms have a better grasp than the in-house team. This is why it takes a long time to become an expert and why good experts are generally expensive. This is why every expert needs to meet and exchange knowledge with peers in their industry.

For this, when hiring an expert, a client should inquire about the expert's prior experiences in a variety of similar sectors rather than how they would approach the particular issue at hand. In order to avoid engaging an expert in general shoptalk, clients hiring an expert should assess whether their expert talks at conferences and participates in them. This is the reason why a client should ask about the expert's methods and approaches.

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