Environmental Enlightenment #235
By Ami Adini -
Issued January 17, 2018

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated concepts they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on concepts they may have never heard of, but will understand once they are introduced to them.

On Being an Expert

Asserting oneself an expert bears responsibility. What is an expert?

Here are thoughts, humbly submitted for your inspection.

Expertise is a graduated, spirally climbing scale, ever returning to itself at higher and higher altitudes.

Acknowledgment: missingsisterstill.tumblr.com


We assign arbitrary values of gradation:

0.0   Doesn’t know the subject exists.
1.0   Finds there is a subject.
1.2   Admits he knows nothing about the subject.
2.0   Studies some. Believes he knows enough to start producing results.
2.1   Makes mistakes but doesn’t know he makes mistakes.
2.9   Suspects he makes mistakes but not sure what they are.
3.0   Realizes he knows some about the subject but not enough; confesses ignorance to self but not to others.
3.2   Studies more. Applies. Gains experience.
4.0   Experienced. Able to produce predictable results. Willing to admit to others that which he doesn’t know and return with practical solutions or viable alternatives.
5.0   Expert: Experienced on a high plane. Says what he knows; knows what he knows; admits that which he doesn’t know. Certain in his ability to learn fast that which he may not already know.
6.0 to infinity   Becomes more and more expert. Enthusiastically shares knowledge to raise expertise in others. Delights in seeing others become more able by their own estimation.


May you always have opportunity to share wisdom with others.


A Scholar at His Desk, 1652 - Ferdinand Bol (Dutch, 1616-1680)


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Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering including academic credits in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and postgraduate education in these fields. His career includes design and construction of nuclear plant facilities, chemical processing plants and hazardous wastewater treatment systems. He is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land, and a Registered Environmental Professional (REP) since 1989 with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP). He is a California Business & Professions Code Qualifying Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering Contractor classification with Hazardous Substance Removal and Asbestos certifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), a general engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.