• Curt Mercadante

The myth of the 'subject matter expert'

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

Earlier this week, in our Freedom Inner Circle group, we had lively discussion about "subject matter experts" (SMEs)

Some members of the group felt a bit of "imposter syndrome" due to the fact they are not SMEs in their particular field. This makes them feel as if they shouldn't, can't, or have no business starting a business.

In some cases, the "scarcity pimps" in their lives (some of whom are self-declared SMEs) have made them feel "less" or that they shouldn't start a business.

That's B.S.

How many SMEs did you have as teachers who were horrible teachers?

How many SME doctors are horrible doctors?

During the past year, how many health SMEs have been dead wrong re: COVID?

When Elon Musk decided he wanted to build rocket ships, the SMEs in the field told him he couldn't do it; it was too expensive. But while Elon wasn't an SME in the field of rocketry, he had a learning mindset and creativity. We know how that turned out.

Show me creativity and a learning mindset over a mere SME every day of the week.

If you want to be an SME, wonderful. Go for it. There's nothing wrong with it.

But don't think NOT being an SME should prevent your from success in your career or from starting your company.

Creativity, FTW.

Note: You can listen to the accompanying podcast at the audio player in the post above, or listen on Apple or Spotify.

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