The world pays big for experts; people who they perceive have an idea on something they want. As the economist says human wants are insatiable, which means that there will always be a demand for more skill and more knowledge and whoever can satisfy the growing wants wins.
So what am I trying to say?
Simply put; you can be an expert in any field you so choose to specialize in because there will always be a demand for it no matter how small. But before we go further its important you have an idea who an expert is and how you can become an expert.
So let’s get started.
Who is an Expert?
According to the dictionary; an expert is a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.
Oftentimes we casually tag people with the “expert” title without really understanding what it really means to be an expert; however there are certain criteria which we must use as a yardstick before an individual is deemed worthy enough to be called an expert.
Without controversy, we can all agree that to being an expert requires hardwork, dedication and perseverance amongst the many other qualities that qualify you.
To become an expert there are a few questions you must ask yourself, scribble down your answers and go over them several times.
Here we go:
- What skills or knowledge do you currently possess?
- Are you passionate about what you do?
- How much time do you spend improving your skills or adding to your knowledge?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
You can only be an expert on a skill you’ve mastered, so having a skill is the beginning step (if you don’t have one go and learn one) to becoming an expert. Next you must develop a passion for learning a skill because your passion helps you develop a habit and our habit keeps you going even when things get tough.
Another important fact is that without investing time into enhancing your skill you cannot become an expert. In the book Outlier, Malcolm Gladwell brilliantly stated that you need about 10,000 hours of practice to be the best in your field and he buttressed the point using the Beatles and Steve Jobs as examples.
The ability to envision where your skills will take you is the drive that will propel you to the greatness you deserve and this is what sets apart being just good and being the best; the imagination, which the power to view where they want to be and work their way there.
In conclusion, here are the 3 basic ingredients that make up the expert cycle:
- Learn a skill
- Practice the skill
- Teach what you know
P.S.: It works like magic…