Persistence is a big part of success. Whether you're looking for a new job or trying to change careers, it's easy to find negative advice. The Internet is filled with experts who can give countless (bad) reasons why you will fail. However, if you're doing the right thing and you believe in yourself, success is almost always possible (See The Dip by Seth Godin).
Thomas Jefferson captured this idea in these words: "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
Writing in Huffington Post, Stacy Johnson critiques our culture’s need to create experts. What I like most about Johnson’s argument is that he cuts to the chase: the alleged experts often don’t know what they are talking about. He gives some great examples of how this game works.
In posts over the past few months, I’ve taken on experts who claim
- The only way to get a job is to be employed.
- You should never have an objective on your resume.
- All bullet resumes are easier to read.
These are just three example of silly declarations made by would-be career experts.
I urge readers to test every kind of advice or “truth,” and I don’t exclude my own claims. We only learn when others correct us. The problem with experts (Paul Krugman calls them “Very Serious People”) is that they are never wrong.