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How To Become An Expert In Anything

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“I want to be an expert in my field.”

Congratulations! So does everyone else. If you look inside yourself and find the confidence, then you’ll have what you need to become an expert at anything.

The problem is that so many of us don’t believe we have what it takes to achieve greatness.

Being an expert starts with a belief in yourself, not information or accreditation.

“I’m not trying to sound like Oprah or get you to hold hands with me and sing hallelujah. Stop thinking you can’t be an expert. You can. All of us can”

A belief in yourself is how you started. Starting with believing you can do it is what gives you self-approval to learn the tools you’re missing to be an expert. None of us are born experts.

We believe in ourselves, learn, fail and keep at it until suddenly, like magic, everyone calls us an expert. Believing in ourselves reminds me of a movie about a young stockbroker called Chris Gardner.

He had no money, no education and no connections in the investment world. People fall for the delusion after watching the movie that seeing a successful stockbroker who was driving a Ferrari is what changed Chris and made him an expert in stocks later on in life.

This idea is BS. No fancy car or mentor made Chris an expert. He believed in himself first before ever being inspired by a man in a suit and a chunk of metal with a Ferrari badge on it. He would have never met this mentor who helped him unless he believed in himself.

The reason we don’t believe we are an expert already.

Is because we are chasing rainbows and fantasizing about wads of cash instead of knowing that even the experts started in last place.

All of us have a little bit more knowledge about an area of life. We may not be at the expert level, but we are a few levels ahead of someone else at at least one thing.

The lesson here is understanding that being an expert requires you to start somewhere. That somewhere could be in the middle of the pack or one spot in front of last place.

You just need a better level of skill or knowledge than a small number of people. Those people are the ones you assist, teach and inspire.

The feedback you get from this group is what will eventually get you to the expert level.

We miss executing because of…

Never getting started. The person that becomes the expert gets started today. They don’t wait until they reach a certain level of success.

They don’t wait for resources or a team or anything.

“Becoming an expert is essentially being willing to start with nothing”

It’s the idea of building Rome one step at a time rather than waiting for the city to be built for you, riding into Rome on a chariot on the day of the last brick being laid, and saying “I’m going to start today!”

No one respects that type of wannabe hero who waits for the right time.

It’s never the right time to become an expert so you may as well get started now.

We have to do it.

Everything you need to become an expert at anything has to start with you. You have to do the work.

In the outsourced world we live in, we expect everyone else to deliver the outcomes that we need to become an expert. We think we can become an expert by delegating everything to a third party.

If you take this approach from the start, you’ll never gain the experience you need to become an expert in the first place. It’s the process of doing it alone in the beginning that makes us an expert later on.

We all hate listening to a so-called “expert” who has never been in the trenches and got their hands dirty. They teach using concepts learned out of books that are mostly fantasies rather than from hard work and experience.

Expert status comes from confidence.

The way I like to describe it is that once you choose the area you want to be an expert in, you get there by using confidence.

I started investing in social media a long time ago. I failed for a long time while I watched friends, colleagues, etc. build their empires. I feared that I had missed out on the big opportunity.

I realized later when I did become an expert that the opportunity had only just begun.

The confidence I had to teach others about social media even though I hadn’t got to all-star status yet myself was what allowed me to become an expert eventually. I stood in front of people with the confidence that I knew something and was not far off from being an expert.

I told myself “I don’t have to be an expert to deliver value in some form. I can still be useful to others using my current amateur status.”

Getting in the deep end will get you to expert status faster.

“A little hack you can use if you want to be an expert in anything faster is to gain leverage on yourself”

You do this by accepting an opportunity that requires an expert when you’re only halfway in your own mind to becoming one.

Saying yes to an opportunity that requires an expert forces you to learn the skills and knowledge faster to deliver on your expert promise. Leverage creates momentum every single time.

Final thought.

If we don’t expect to be an expert on day one, and we’re comfortable to get started without the expert status, we’ll eventually get what we seek.

The word ‘expert’ is more of a perception than a black and white idea that you either “are” or “are not” an expert.

You can be an expert in anything starting right now.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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5 Things You Can Learn From The 5am Club by Robin Sharma

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It has been said by Robin Sharma, “5 AM is the time of least distraction, highest human glory, and greatest peace.” This also happens to be the central idea or the core value he has discussed in his book, ‘The 5 Am Club.’ Speaking of early mornings, at what time do you wake up? Are you annoyed by the fact that you wake up on the edge of time and then rush to work in haste? 

The life lessons put forth by The 5 AM Club are exactly the learning and motivation you need to challenge your complacency. In your race against time, you may not have the time to read this fabulous book. So, we have summed up the key book’s takeaways for your convenience.

1. The vigor of waking up early

This is what the book’s most fundamental advice to everyone is. Waking up at 5 am every day can work wonders to avert failures and make success a natural habit. When we wake up at 5 am, we have more time on our hands than others. Besides, this is when we have minimum interruptions and maximum powerfulness of the mind. 

To add, the early morning peace is priceless! You can schedule your most important tasks of the day between 5am, and 8am. This book teaches us in the simplest way, how we can train our mind and strengthen it to deliver the highest productivity by waking up early. This energy that you have when you wake up in the morning and the few additional hours in your day are what serve as perfect ingredients for success.

“The secret to productivity is simplicity.” – Robin Sharma

2. The power of finding the right balance in life

The book talks about a precious lesson of finding the right balance within. We often talk about the need for mindfulness and achieving the right mindset to perceive things. But this book goes a few steps ahead of our usual approach to life. It highlights the vitality of mindset and introduces the concepts of heartset, healthset, and soulset.

These terms may seem new, but they are self-explanatory. The idea of heartset endorses the essentialness of emotional stability and well-being. Next, the perspective of healthset indicates the need to look after physical health. At last, soulset is an attribute of spirituality. As explained in this book, success prospects can be enhanced big time by achieving the right balance between these internal virtues.

3. The iconic 20/20/20 modus operandi

What is the first thing you will do if you start waking up at 5 am every day? Did you ever spare a thought about it? This book has the answer to this question, and you will be convinced that it is a great way to begin your day!. The author suggests that you should split the first hour of the day into three equal parts of 20 minutes each.

In the first 20 minutes of the day, you should prioritize your physical fitness and exercise. In the next 20 minutes, you should energize your soul and spirit via self-reflection and soulful meditation. This will prepare you for the rest of the day and will enable you to bolster your commitment and focus. In the last 20 minutes of the first hour, you should read and learn. But what are you going to read about in those 20 minutes? Read about successful people and their inspiring journeys to the pinnacle of success.

4. The significance of a proper sleep schedule

In this book, there is a mention of ‘a ferocious global sleep recession’, which is intriguing and enlightening. It hints at the state of sleep deprivation that this world is sinking into gradually. We often associate success and hard work with the notion of staying up all night and testing our endurance beyond limits. But that is not the right approach to accomplishing success, or rather, it is a flawed methodology.

Sometimes even if we do not have any critical work, we keep whiling our night time on social media or television. What are we gaining from it is the real question, and I am afraid the answer is nothing! We learn from this book that it is critical to look after your sleep cycle and start your day at 5 am afresh. Sleep and rest are indispensable for mental and physical well-being, or your productivity will decline.

“If you want to have the results only 5% have, you must be willing to do and think like only 5% do and think.” – Robin Sharma

5. The art of evolving

The book sheds light on the need to be spiritual and master self-reflection. However, do you realize the purpose that the routine of reflection each morning serves? The idea is to keep learning, keep reflecting on the mistakes and keep evolution an ongoing process. You should evolve every day and strive to be a better version of yourself every day. So, one of your primary goals after waking up should be to reflect on your actions and missed opportunities of the previous day.

To recapitulate, The 5 AM Club is a must-read book if you are a passionate reader. It has the prowess and charm to refurbish your perception of life altogether. Even if you cannot read the book for some reason, make sure you incorporate the above key takeaways into your life. By starting your day at 5 am, you can rediscover your lost soul and enthusiasm, and you would not have complaints to make about the lack of time. If you can own your mornings, you can go places on the ladder of success, for excuses are only for those who are not committed to their goals.

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Prepare Yourself for Prosperity With These 6 Success Habits

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Success stories don’t come from naturally successful people. They come from ordinary people with starry eyes and big dreams who stayed true to their end goal and consistently put in the work. They are just like you and me. What sets them apart is their mindset — a success mindset. (more…)

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How to Overcome the Emotional Rollercoaster of Success

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If you’re reading this, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you’re a human being. You have feelings, emotions, beliefs, complexity, and a mind that’s always racing. Your feelings at any given moment in your life have the power to affect what you do and how consistently you do it. (more…)

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5 Important Choices that Make Life Worth Living and Success Taste Sweeter

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As we start another year, you’re probably thinking about your life goals, dreams, aspirations, and what you want to accomplish. We know that New Year’s resolutions have gotten a bad reputation because most people lose focus after the first few months and the first signs of resistance. (more…)

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