None of us should allow the collective wisdom of experts to prove definitive. When you take a chance and miss, there's only one thing to do: work harder and return with more conviction. (OK. That's two things to do. Sue me.)
The Amway Effect or multi-level marketing in any form has no place in social media. We are not holding a contest to see who can gather the most followers; we are trying to see who can have the most impact and make the biggest difference.
In the few paragraphs about nuclear weapons that you will put in your speech, you can reassure your allies and warn your adversaries by quickly and powerfully laying out your integrated, three-part agenda.
While it's true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, their support is typically the result of a demonstrated "rage to learn." The reason why they are so driven to deliberately practice in their domain requires explaining.
In the past you had to spend years acquiring specialist skills or knowledge in a particular field to be recognized as an expert. But with the rise of social media, the path to expertise -- or more correctly, perceived expertise -- has shortened dramatically.
No matter how you slice it, mainstream cheese is inefficient fare: Almost 10 pounds of milk are needed to make a typical 1-pound wheel. But you need not forsake your favorite Gouda. Just choose a brand that takes sustainability into account. I asked five experts to name their favorites.
Tancredo is clearly great at getting media attention, and he is a good speaker, but he's not so great as a communicator, because he goes off message too often, and it's not clear what he's trying to achieve.
Let's answer the "Am I an expert?" question once and for all. If I say you are an expert, you are. If this or that person groups you with other experts to answer a question, don't deny your inclusion. Don't make excuses. Smile widely and accept it.