Whether you want to run a business, motivate others, or just give out advice, you need to have some serious knowledge about the field you are focused on. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to be viewed as an expert.
While degrees and titles are impressive, going to the traditional type of school is not required anymore. You can gather a ton of a knowledge outside of school and become an expert in pretty much any area you want.
According to Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, a Swedish psychologist who is known as the leading researcher on expertise, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. That works out to 20 hours a week for 50 weeks a year for ten years. So, how can you start to put in your hours to become an expert?
Read The Previews On Amazon
Years ago, I remember someone saying that just by reading the previews on Amazon, on books that are in the field you want to talk about, you will know more than the average person out there. In other words, you have more expertise than the average Joe coming to you for advice.
I wanted to bring this up because it’s the first step to feeling empowered and somewhat knowledgeable about your field. It helps motivate you to continue your self-education and really move into becoming an expert in your field.
Everything starts with one step, so go ahead and start reading the previews or books you need to read to get started on your journey.
Interview Experts In Your Field
How did Oprah come to know everything she knows? Through interviews! They made her think, challenged what she already knew, and turned her into someone that people turn to for solid advice in personal well-being and growth.
Reach out to well-known experts in your field and interview them. You can interview them through a video call or simply by sending them some prewritten questions. Either way, the chances are good that they will agree.
Every interview you do will help you on your journey to becoming an expert. You will be amazed at the things you can learn from unique people with unique life experiences.
Nowadays you can take a course on pretty much anything online. With sites like Udemy that cover almost every subject possible and Mindvalley that takes on experts in the field of spirituality and personal growth, you can pretty much learn about anything you desire.
The beauty of online courses is that you can take them at your own pace. There is no rush to hand in papers. You simply enjoy the process of learning.
Blog About It
The more you write about areas of your field, the more you will learn. You need to research and collect information in order to write articles that actually have some power behind them.
Because we don’t have to turn in papers as we self-educate ourselves, writing articles are the next best thing. They are graded (through comments) by experts and non-experts from all over the world, and by listening to the comments you receive, you can learn even more about the subject you are tackling.