25 November 2006 ~ 3 Comments

IT Expert… hmm…

A friend called me an IT expert while having lunch together. I immediately said “no, I wouldn’t describe myself as an expert”. I wasn’t being polite or overly modest in my assessment but just reflecting the reality of the IT field. Sure I have a lot of expertise in certain areas but I know nothing in other areas.

When someone says “I’m the greatest or one of the best in xyz” I am reminded of the saying I learnt in primary school:

“A fool thinks he knows everything, a wise man knows he knows nothing.”

3 Responses to “IT Expert… hmm…”

  1. Ian Cheung 25 November 2006 at 11:28 am Permalink

    and no, I am not trying to give myself a convoluted and backhanded compliment

  2. rie 5 December 2006 at 1:06 pm Permalink

    haha, I feel like to create screen saver of that saying and install it to someone’s PC in the company. ;oP

  3. Xuan 7 December 2006 at 11:11 am Permalink

    “When ignorant is bliss, T’is folly to be wise” has saved me on some occassions. Totally unrelated to your post though :P

    Something related though is the Salary theorem which i’m sure you’ve come across.
    Money = work/knowledge
    so as knowledge approaches zero…..

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