I heard an interesting definition of “expert” this morning from Ray Higdon on the Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast. He said “if you know more than other people due to investment and learning, you are an expert.”
He’s kinda right. We never want to put it that way or walk around calling ourselves experts but knowing more about a subject due to learning and experience CAN make you an expert to someone who knows less than you. So why aren’t we okay with that? Why do we sit around not helping people because we think it’s up to the people who are qualified?
If you know stuff that other people want to know, you’re qualified to share what you’ve learned.
We’ve been trained to believe that an expert looks a certain way:
They’re older, wiser.
They have a degree. Maybe a MBA.
A Master’s Degree.
They’ve put in a certain number of hours.
They have many leather-bound books and an apartment that smells of rich mahogany.
The truth is none of these things are a prerequisite for expertise. No longer do you have to be older, wiser, and degree laden, in order to help people. You just have to know what you’re talking about and share it. That’s it.
How would you define expert? Do you think there are rules to expertise? If so, who enforces them? I think we should be done trying to enforce rules that don’t exist. Done forcing stories onto ourselves and others. Read books, go to conferences, listen to podcasts. Become an expert and share what you’ve learned.
Stop believing the story of the mythical gatekeepers. If you know stuff, help people.
(Edited for clarity:
Original 2nd paragraph read:
“He’s actually right. We never want to put it that way but knowing more about a subject due to learning and experience makes you an expert by definition.”
Edit: “He’s kinda right. We never want to put it that way or walk around calling ourselves experts but knowing more about a subject due to learning and experience CAN make you an expert in someone else’s opinion.”)