1. Web Development
Learning a little bit of web design isn’t hard and, actually, it’s quite useful—it pays to know how things on the Internet work, if only at a very basic level. However, any serious work in this sphere—like setting up your own standalone website—requires, well, serious knowledge, training and experience. Trying to build your own website after learning the basics is about the same as believing you can build a house because you know how to whomp up a stool. Do you know how the testing is done? Have you heard about agile methodology? Do you know which tools are used in the industry today? If not, can you afford to study it all full-time?
2. Home Improvement and Interior Design
Some people possess an innate sense of style and appropriateness; others don’t. But even if you are one of the chosen few, it doesn’t mean you are automatically good at it. Firstly, the sense of style needs training to really shine. Secondly, a professional interior designer knows a lot of technical stuff you’ve never given much thought to: how colors work together, how lighting influences the whole picture, which hardware is used in this or that case and much more. Thirdly, if you have no experience in home repairs, God forbid you from trying to do anything substantial—this may lead to problems that are much greater than mismatching colors.
3. Car Maintenance
This is another area that is dangerous to venture into if you don’t know what you are doing—and in this case you don’t only endanger yourself, but all the people around you. Of course, if you like tinkering with your car, it is absolutely normal to do so. But if you have only a vague understanding of what’s under the hood and suddenly decide to do the maintenance and repairs on your own, you are likely to be in for some trouble sooner than you expect. You’d better find a proper repair shop and visit it regularly.
4. Health Issues
Theoretically we all understand that our health isn’t something to trifle with and, if anything, the thing that demands professional attention the most. But when it comes to practice we are all too eager to trust our own experience, or remember what somebody once told us, or believe in unquestionable authority of our maternal Grandma who always treated back pains with copious amounts of booze and lived to a hundred, bless her soul. One doesn’t have to describe possible results of self-diagnosis and self-treatment—it may work, at least if the problem is not too severe, but alternatively, it may end in permanent injury or death. Is the risk really worth it?
Money is always at the base of everything, yet the majority of people have little to no idea of how it actually works and what to do with it. And learning is not an option for everybody—it is an extremely complicated subject demanding complete commitment. Thus, finding a good financial assistant may be all the difference in the world—or at least, all the difference between financial security and ruin.
These are, of course, not the only things better left to professionals—but mistakes in these areas are among the most dangerous you can make. So, if you don’t know something—don’t be too proud to ask for help!
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