Peak Performance Episode 51 – Are You A Pirate?

Are you a Pirate?

In this day and age, it seems that you can simply declare yourself to be something…a comedian, a social media expert, or even a pirate.  But just because someone declares it, that doesn’t make it true.  In this episode, we examine “experts” and what you need to be aware of.  As peak performers, we need to be able to discern between real experts and bs.

When you think of an expert, what do you think of?

  • A reliable source information, skills, or techniques…somebody that can really show you something.
  • Maybe you are widely regarded in your field or are seen to have extensive knowledge or ability.

Experts tell us how to vote, what to eat, how to raise our kids, live our lives, fix our houses.
We wondered…

  1. Does having alleged expertise mean you make better decisions than regular people?
  2. What are the qualifications for gaining the “expert” title?

Unfortunately… our research indicates that most experts of full of bs.
Some examples:

  • The 08 stock market meltdown
  • Wine experts – when ask to choose the better wine 54 of 56 chose the exact same wine in a different bottle.  They assumed because the bottle had a fancier label it must be a better wine.
  • Top experts are repeatedly fooled by forged and fake paintings
  • Virtually all studies in economic journals turn out to be wrong
  • 2/3 of the time medical journals publish inaccurate information
  • Economist magazine did a ten year study – They asked Experts and garbage men to make economic predictions – the garbage men were right more often.

Why do we believe them?

  • People want to hear what they want to hear
  • We crave certainty – experts give us that
  • Gives us an out, we don’t have to be responsible for outcomes.

We even found a listing for Expert School – They claim you will look and sound like a TV expert in 4 days.
How can you become an expert?  Here are the six secrets to becoming an expert,

  1. –    Be tall
  2. –    Show signs of success
  3. –    Sound like an expert
  4. –    Get media training and exposure
  5. –    Always sound certain
  6. –    Jargon is the secret weapon

Ok, some sarcasm here, we are just looking to prove a point

How can you avoid being lulled in by “experts” and act more like a Peak Performer?

  1. If you claim to be an expert – be one!
  2. Beware of experts
  3. Get your answers from people with the real experience
  4. Be a critical thinker, ask questions.  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t just take someone else’s word for it.

Listen to the full episode for more

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