Becoming an expert in a field is not as hard as it may seem. It is just a matter of doing those things that others are not willing to do. Many people are running around saying, “I’m not doing that. That’s not in my job description.” Those people will never become experts. Since, you are here at this article. You are looking to become an expert in your field or the thought has at least peeked your interest.
Commit to Your Field
Being a jack of all trades will not get you very far in becoming an expert. As a matter of fact, it will take you no where. It will leave you running around in circles. When times get hard and they usually are hard for “Jacks.” You don’t have any focus or passion to help pick you up and make something happen.
I can speak much on this subject, because for many years of my life, I was a “Jack-of-all-trades.” I was not committed to anything. I was trying new things and trying to find myself. But, I told you before. This did not make me an expert at anything except being a “Jack.”
You must find focus directly on the field of work that you want to become an expert in. Gaining this expertise does not have to take very long unless you are working with your hands. Labor related experts sometimes takes a while for you to gain experience. But I can say one thing. If you do your job with passion and concentration. Come early and leave late. You will become the foremost expert quicker than anyone at your place of work.
Be Prepared to Do Extra Work
You will have to do more work than you are currently paid for doing. If you continue to do that, then you will soon be getting paid more than for the work in which you do. If you are working your own business, then you know the true meaning of this. Most start up business owners know the brunt of this statement. Especially those that start with very low capital.
Reading up on the subject will help you to become a foremost expert in your field. If you read just six books on a subject, then you will be the top 1% of people in that field of work. Most people will not read six books on one subject. Most don’t read that many in a lifetime. You must be above average to be the most successful.
It is true that successful people are just people, but they are definitely not regular Joe’s!
Share Your Knowledge
Why take all the time and effort to become an expert and no one knows that you’re an expert? Use your expertise to your advantage. Get that raise. Get that new position. Start that new business!
Take the information you have learned through work, diligence and study and put a plan together to make your knowledge useful. Use your knowledge to write a book or manual. Talk to your boss about that raise. Get hired at a new job. Get promoted at your current job. Write up a business plan and take it to the bank or an investor.
Continue to Learn
Once you become an expert in your field, then technologies will change. There will be new ways of doing things. You have to stay with the changing times. Subscribe to your industry magazines. Read new books on your subject. Continue to work diligently in your field. Collaborate with friends and colleagues in your field of work. Periodically take classes and go to workshops and conventions.
Welcome to the next level!