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5 essential personality traits of the expert

1 Be humble. Even if you are an expert, be ready to acknowledge others’ opinions and admit to your mistakes.

2 Be arrogant. Nobody likes a fence-sitter. If you have a strong opinion and it’s based on something stronger than gut feel, go for it.

3 Be controversial. Everyone says this? You say that. Running with the pack may be a safe activity but you rarely find leaders there.

4 Be savvy. It helps if you do, actually, know something others don’t. Hone your skills, read widely, practise, research and test your ideas.

5 Be approachable. You want to get hired at some point, right? So don’t build an ivory tower marked, “experts only”.

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