I wish I could be an expert on a topic, but nobody will listen to me.
I don’t have a degree or certification in that field. How can I be an expert in it?
I don’t know enough to be an expert.
These are three of the most common ways we hold ourselves back from mastering what we love. We create doubt and trivialize what we do know by bigging up what we don’t.
I’ve said each of the three phrases above at some point along my journey. But I’ve learned expertise isn’t a cookie cutter thing. Even if there are some perceived basic requirements floating around, I don’t believe that “knowing everything there possibly is about a topic” is one of them. I do, on the other hand, believe that knowing more about a topic than the people seeking information on it, is. The beauty of this? It’s not a bar you’ll hurt yourself hurdling over. Here’s why:
There’s always someone who doesn’t know as much about a topic you love as you do. In fact, there are tons of people that don’t know as much about a topic you love as you do. The key is to know what you love, then let people know you love it. Your passion will instill confidence in your competence.
You don’t need to have every answer to give advice or assert yourself as an expert in your field. That’d be dope, but it’s unlikely. When you don’t know something, you find the answer. Then guess what? When you’re asked again, you’ll already know what to say. This is what the experts do!
So don’t discount what you know today because of a certification, degree, or self-perceived lack of knowledge compared to someone else. There’s always someone looking to learn what you learned. Spend your time figuring out how to let them know you’re here. And once they do, you’ll quickly see what people care about, which will be helpful as you figure out how to elevate your game to the next level.
Get started on building and showcasing your expertise today. Because hey, you’re already an expert to someone.