One Day You’re an Expert

I’ve been experiencing a great deal of change recently, and another big one is right around the corner. In two weeks I’ll be leaving my current employer to become an independent consultant in the healthcare industry. It’s pretty exciting. I guess it could also be scary, but I’m trusting God and I’m ready for this particular change.

Having dinner with a younger colleague last week, and discussing my plans, the more general topic of career progression came up. After I explained my career journey, he had a couple of questions. “So, how does one get to be ‘an expert,’ to arrive in a position where others seek you as a consultant? Any advice to pass along?”

I don’t know that I had too much smart to say. Most of my thoughts on the topic are pretty basic, and my answer was something like this: Do your best at your current job. Keep learning. Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t. Research what others are doing. Go to conferences and meetings. Read. Talk with colleagues. Eventually one day, perhaps after many years, something will happen to cause you to recognize your own knowledge and ability and you’ll realize that you’re an expert. At least that’s what happened to me.

Something similar seems to have happened with my emotional wellbeing. I’ve thought about this kind of career move before, but it seemed too scary, too distant. Now it seems at hand. I’m finding myself to be calm and at peace with this major change. Also as you’d expect, I’m trusting God. It feels good, surprisingly good. It’s surprising enough for me to ask myself, “Wait a minute! Why am I not more worried about this? How and when did I become a calm, peaceful person? When did I get this faith?”

I think the answers are a lot like those involving my career. Do the best you can at following Jesus. Pray. Listen. Talk with others of like mind. Pay attention to your emotions. Have whatever faith you can muster. Read the Bible. Work through your emotions as best you can. Eventually one day, perhaps after many years, something will happen to cause you to recognize your own inner state and you’ll realize that you’re a calm and peaceful person of faith. At least that’s what happened to me.

Praise God.




  1. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Thank you from one who has not reached that place in faith. It is reassuring to know that it will happen if one keeps reading learning and is willing. TBTG

    • Peter Weiss says:

      You’re welcome, and thanks for your comment Kathleen. Yes, be willing, keep at it and let God do his work. And be assured that God finishes what he starts!

  2. Deborah Novak says:

    As always, honest and insightful. Hope you dinner went well. I spoke with Kathy and will send you next week dates for us to take you out to celebrate after you Leave. We are serious about staying connected and best example is by seeing you as you transition into your new role.

  3. Praise God for His Experts!!!
    Best to you, Pete, in your Future; Pray & Hope you have some Contracts!

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Thank you Sparky. Your encouragement and prayers have been and are much appreciated! I’m doing the legwork but counting on God to send clients. Pete