Becoming an expert at something can seem complicated and unattainable, but it doesn’t have to be. Forget about all the details for a minute and simplify your approach down to the basic requirements.
The process for becoming an expert is rather simple when you break it down. It’s the work that really matters, and the quality of your practice, not your talent or the shortcuts you take.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas A. Edison
Follow this brief guide to become an expert in any skill or field you desire:
2. Practice (and don’t wait too long after learning begins)
3. Constantly challenge yourself
4. Measure your progress often
5. Repeat until skill is achieved
Increase the levels of #1, #2 and #3 if progress isn’t as quick as you want.
This approach works best if you set expectations based on your goals before you begin.
To become an elite expert (one of the best in the world), you might need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice or more.
To become expert enough to accomplish more modest goals, you might need 100 hours for a very basic level of proficiency, or 1,000 hours to offer services on an entry-level professional basis, for example.
In any case, hard work and dedicated practice is the key to gaining expertise.
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Turning your skills and expertise into a way to support yourself is more doable than you might think.
There’s this big misconception about expertise, that you have to be one of the world’s top experts before you can earn a living from what you know.
But expertise isn’t an absolute. You might only be a 3, on a scale of 1 to 10, but there are plenty of 1’s and 2’s out there who would pay for your knowledge and experience, right now.
The key is to find a unique corner of your topic, to start building a tribe of people who trust you as their expert, not the expert, and to be resourceful about filling in the gaps by leveraging other experts when necessary.
This is why we built Fizzle, to teach you how to support yourself independently doing what you love on The Web. Fizzle is half training library, half supportive community, and it’s full of people like you who are building their thing online.
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Since applying more and more from Fizzle, I’ve started making as much (sometimes more/month) from my online business as I do from my full-time job with a fraction of the weekly hours. It’s exhilarating. I owe you guys so much.
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