When’s the last time you had sex?
That’s what I ask anyone that tries to give dating advice. Being in my mid-20s, dating is a common topic. Everyone thinks that they’re an expert on dating and life in their 20s. So I get to the bottom of it. I ask about results.
If you want to give advice or be perceived as an expert, you need results in the field.
If you haven’t worked out recently or had sex, then don’t give anyone unsolicited training tips on how to get in shape or improve their social life.
Expertise is about results. If you want to make money teaching something, you have to prove that you know what you’re doing. Check out my video…
When you’re the best in the world or the best in your part of the world at something, you can charge the best rates.
My buddy Justin who I mention on here often, has been playing guitar for years. He has invested tons of money into his own skill, from formal education to training sessions with the top players around the world. Now he can charge the best rates for his guitar lessons.
I do a lot of freelance writing on financial topics because I’ve been living it for years. I’ve saved tons of money, tried out every technique out there, and seen real results.
You can’t get into freelancing on a topic until you have results in that field. We all want to work with someone that comes off as an expert in that field.
How do you build expertise?
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” – Niels Bohr
The good news is that every single person reading this can create expertise. We can all become experts at something. At anything. You don’t even have to spend a small fortune nor do you need to spend years in school. Education isn’t always the key to expertise. Especially not formal education.
How do you convince others that you’re the best in the world at what you do?
- Achieve your own results. You want to teach guitar? Then learn how to play it! You want to coach freelancers? Then start freelancing first. It’s actually a really simple process. Achieve your own results that are valid, undeniable, and amazing.
- Teach one person. Once you go through the process the best thing to do is to teach one person. Get a buddy or a family member on board. Get them to see similar or hopefully better results. You have yourself your first piece of proof.
- Create a case study. Now you can create a case study. Show your own results and highlight how you helped someone else out. This will be your proof. This will help convince others that you’re the best in the world that you do. There’s nothing better than the student becoming the teacher.
- Live it. Stop preaching and keep on living it. Be a living proof of what can happen. This is contagious and will attract like-minded folks. They will gravitate towards you. Keep on leading by example. When you’re average you feel the need to tell everyone. When you’re great, everyone tells you.
That’s how any of us can become experts at something.
What about credentials?
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill
The million dollar question remains: what about credentials and what comes after your name? Is it important to have credentials to become an expert or even a freelancer? Not at all. At least in my experiences.
You don’t need your MBA to give business advice. You don’t need to be a doctor to give sex advice.
You can build expertise right now. With proven results and techniques that work, nobody will care about what school you graduated from.
What are you going to become the best in the world at? Actually wait –
How do you become the best in the world?
Becoming the best in the world refers to your world or your pocket of the universe. As mentioned above, there are four battle-tested tips for convincing others that you’re an expert in your field. But how do you actually become that expert? My favorite and most practical tips for those of us that are short on time and money are:
- Daily practice. If you’re not willing to put in the effort on a daily basis, then you won’t make it. All you need is a few minutes a day to build the habit and to get better. You won’t see results if you only try once in a while. Daily practice is crucial.
- Learn from the best. Cut your learning curve by 99%! Just learn from the best. Pay others for training, find a mentor, and do anything possible to surround yourself with those that are better than you. Learn from the best and you’ll become the best.
- Narrow in. Get more specific. Become the best at something very narrow. It will happen much quicker than trying to become the best at something too general. Nobody cares about general. There are no “general” magazines.
- Become better than the general population. Once again, you don’t have to win a reality show to prove that you’re decent at what you do. You just have to become better than the general population.
You can become the best at what you do and convince others that you truly are what you say you are. It’s up to you now!
Are you ready to start building expertise?
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee