Being perceived as an expert in your industry is one of the Financial Tips I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was Younger as well as a great source of job security and profitability. As someone who has become an expert in a specific niche, having sold a successful information based resource website to a Fortune 500 company, I’ve seen the benefits of expertise first hand. I’ve also seen others expand upon their own expertise to create phenomenal entrepreneurial opportunities. Follow these initial steps to start down the path of becoming an expert in your industry:
- Be organized! I’m a huge believer in organizing your resources and information. To be perceived as an expert you don’t have to know every answer immediately, you just need to be able to access information in a timely manner. Throughout the day I have no problem telling a client that I’ll have to call them back – I’ll then review my notes or do additional research and formulate a focused and intelligent response.
- Ask for help. Experts become experts by learning from other experts. Mistakes can be good, but avoiding them can be better. Associate with people who share your same level of passion, even if it’s a different niche, and you’ll be inspired to achieve more. Excellent Read: Outliers: The Story of Success.
- Get your knowledge out there. This may be the most important takeaway – get your expertise out there in the marketplace. I have seen great results, including job offers, from non-monetized websites, twitter posts or Facebook pages. Volunteering to speak at a company seminar, submitting a guest article for your industry newsletter or writing an eBook will all work to get you recognized as an expert.
- Learn something new each day. And don’t just learn something, write it down and store it to be used later (you’ll be glad you did). I’ve used the medium of blog/website articles as a motivator to learn and bank my knowledge for later use. Find a medium that works for you. Remember, becoming an expert doesn’t happen overnight - it is an everyday process which starts in the morning.
- Welcome peer feedback. Hearing the views and opinions of readers, coworkers or clients is a great way to grow. I’ve found feedback (good or bad) is what motivates me to continue on. Welcoming this feedback will ultimately reveal a path or use for your expertise.
- Set specific goals, then focus on them. A great exercise to stay focused is to keep a list of topics that you’d liked to become an expert on. Checking topics off your list will boost your confidence and fuel your learning. “The best way to move a pile of bricks is one at a time” – Sam.
- Stay interested/intrigued. Experts are ultimately passionate about their profession and it shows. Don’t try to force a profession or business if it isn’t fun or intriguing, life’s too short and it usually won’t work. If you’re not interested in your field, find a new one.
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