Lane? What lane??
When it comes to education, I would say that lanes don’t exist!
A few weeks ago, I registered for an online webinar about genetic testing and counseling. This week I complete the course and I’m so glad that I did. I’m neither a geneticist, nor an MD. Further, I don’t counsel anyone about genetic testing. I do have a heavy background in genetics due to my degree and I find science to be fascinating, so there’s that!
Let’s skip back a couple steps in this story. WebExercises is an online company that delivers both free and paid continuing education for a wide variety of professionals including MDs, chiropractors, physical therapists and even fitness coaches. I signed up for a CSCS “appropriate” webinar a couple years ago so now I get all their alerts for educational opportunities. I recently watched one of my favorite nutrition PhDs, Dr. Shawn Arent, talk about blood testing and nutrition. When the topic of genetic testing and counseling patients came up in my news feed, I momentarily considered that it wasn’t an appropriate educational experience for me. Luckily, I didn’t let that nagging voice of “stay in your lane” talk me out of what turned out to be a phenomenal educational experience.
Going to keep this short today, so here is the take home message: Number 1, Learn. Start early and often and keep going. If I’d only hungered for knowledge this much when I was 20 and my brain was much more plastic than it is now over 2 decades later! Number 2, Teach. “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t understand it yourself!” –Albert Einstein
“If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t understand it yourself!” –Albert Einstein
But when teaching, understand the concept of the lane and stick to it. Just because YOU lost 50 pounds does not make you an expert in nutrition. It makes you a very successful weight loss story. Can you assist others? Perhaps. Do you need to learn A LOT more before calling yourself an expert in nutrition science? Yep.
Have a wonderful week friends!