I agree with Ben Huberman. “To give people, places, and experiences a chance before making up our minds about them.” I also think that being open-minded means that we don’t always have the best idea, right answer or best solution to a problem. Just because we are in a leadership does not mean that our way is the best, most effective way to approach a problem, address an issue or tackle a task. I have always tried to solicit the input of the personnel I work with in order to tackle an assignment or task.
To me a person is not an expert just because they are highly educated or hold a certain title. To me an expert is someone who is knowledgeable, well versed in the requirements of their field AND fairly well experienced. I spent three years as an Army instructor and even though we were considered to be subject matter experts, a few of my peer did not have the experience necessary to be the “expert” that was need for the job.
It takes more than an education or a title to be an expert.
Isaiah 43:10 – Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Proverbs 14:25 – A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.
Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
I find it interesting that even at the college level people still can’t get spelling, grammar and usage correct. To, Too and Two; There, Their and They’re; Accept and Except. Just to name a few examples. In my college course I have to write a discussion board post each week then I have to read and respond to at least two posts from my peers. I find it really hard to read a post, let alone respond to someone, with poor grammar and spelling. Some of this stuff I can expect to see from my kids who are in elementary school; not from students in a higher learning facility/programme. (Yes I used the European spelling) I see this kind of thing at work as well. I work on a staff with many “college educated” personnel, yet they have trouble with spelling and grammar. Let us not forget the fact they can’t seem to keep slang and colloquialisms out of official correspondence. Some may consider me a lowly, uneducated Non-Commissioned Officer (I still don’t have a degree), but at least I know how to utilize correct grammar and spelling on a daily basis, in my official correspondence and in my college assignments. I’m just saying.
“You always have to strive”
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
– General (Ret) Colin Powell
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me to quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea though I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cups overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me through all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the hose of the Lord forever.