It would be great to be a certified expert in what you love to do. And looking at it from the consumer’s point of view, with all things being equal, an accredited expert would be the best deal. Sometimes, though, the best people are not always certified. And sometimes, those who are certified are not the best at what they do.
I know this may sound strange; however, I have seen this so many times in so many ways. People who have the money to pay for certifications or degrees yet merely scrape by on the academics. They are too busy in other areas of their lives or don’t see the need for extensive training. Therefore, they buy expensive certificates while putting in only minimum work.
I have seen people who have put in a lot of work with a genuine passion for studying the subject. These are are the go-to people. They are highly knowledgeable, but unfortunately, cannot afford the expensive certificate. They become totally immersed in the subject matter. They learn everything they can about it and come out of the experience with vast knowledge.
My question is an easy one. To whom do you want to turn when you need the help? Do you want to go to the person with the certificate? Or, do you turn to the person with knowledge?
Please weigh in on this question. If there is interest, I will find a way that we could have a good discussion on this subject. Possibly a Meetup group. Please send in your comments, and with your permission, I’ll share them on the blog.
Would you rather have knowledge or credentials?