I would never consider myself a scholar. I wasn’t a standard fit into that mould. I disagree with the conventional paths of education that form the rigours of scholarship progression.
I prefer exploration and remaking convention if established conventions oppress instead of enable.
I would immerse myself in matters if they pique my interest and become as well versed as possible in such subject matter. I was most inspired to delve into study, observe, support my statements with facts and interpretations based on available material if all that effort could take me closer towards the understanding of the human psyche or a spiritual matter that bridges the earthly and unearthly. I’m as competent as any practitioner and scholar in that sense.
Even if you’re not a scholar, you’re not necessarily a fool. If you have a healthy balance of logic and imagination with a general curiosity about all else around, there’s a lot you can accomplish. You might even surprise yourself.