What does it take to be an expert? Or at least to feel like you’re an expert?
I’ve been reflecting on this question a lot lately as I see people holding themselves from moving forward because they think they don’t know enough to do that thing they want to do. I have had many coaches and mentors throughout my career. I have read many books. I have taken many classes. I have purchased and used the content from many information products. Needless to say there’s a lot of stuff in my brain.
Over the years, key nuggets from all that learning have really stuck with me. They’ve gone through my “Kim-Filter”, gotten swirled around, and come out with my stamp on it.
When I was newer in business, I always gave credit to where I’d learned the nugget, whether it was from a book or a mentor. Then, something shifted for me. I can’t say exactly when, but I began to own what it was that I knew. I realized that if it had resonated with me, and I was speaking it naturally, and new ideas were sprouting from those nuggets, then that “stuff” was now mine.
I was the expert in what I spoke about.
Truth is there are not a lot of original ideas out there. It’s how we package those ideas and infuse them with their own experience and personal spin that matters. We are all an amalgam of the information that we have taken in through mentors, books and study. What doesn’t matter is how you know it.
What matters is THAT you know it and that you do something with it.
I’ve seen many sit with the limiting belief of when I know more then I can do/teach that thing want to do. I emphatically say, do it TODAY.
You know enough right now, as you are, to share your expertise with those who care. And, there definitely are those who care. I’d really love to hear what your experience has been with stepping into your own expertise, what’s either held you back or given you the strength to move forward.