I casually posted this question on Twitter today and was amused and enlightened by the responses.
“What’s the difference between an expert and a guru?”
Here’s my favorite : “Expert knows his stuff, contributes to industry related publications, but may or may not have fans and followers. Expert becomes a guru when he/she has his own volunteer evangelists and fans who help spread his/her message.” – Varju Luceno
And some more:
- Expert is what you think of yourself. Guru is when others anoint you as an intellect!
- when people say ‘expert’ they want me to teach. They say ‘guru’ when they are unwilling to learn & just want me to do it for them
- A guru wears a robe.
- Ego 🙂
So, what’s your take – is one better than another, are they both silly, who gets to decide or should anyone, does the title enhance your marketability?