When seeking to become an expert in a niche, it’s important to realize it’s not going to happen overnight. You’re going to have to do your time like everyone else – learning, building, and becoming the expert that you want to become. However, don’t let the daunting hill ahead of you stop you. Before you know it, you’ll be at the top of that hill and you’ll never look back.
There are likely books and opinions out there already on your niche. It's important to read and soak in a variety of ideas from those who are already experts. Knowing the prevailing wisdom and how it came to be will help you on your journey to becoming an expert, and will also aid you in forming your own thoughts and opinions.
As you are learning from other experts, you'll want to implement what you've learned. There is no such thing as an expert on a topic who has not tried it or done it. Put into practice the theories you're learning about. Test out some of your own ideas, see what works and what doesn't work. This is the foundation by which you'll become a sought-out expert, because you have proof that you did xyz and it worked or did not work.
A mastermind group usually consists of a leader who is an expert in a particular niche. You don't have to join a group that is in your niche; instead join a group that is designed to help you achieve in your own niche. For example, if you need to learn more about public speaking to help promote your ideas, join a public speaking mastermind group.
Today you don't have to even leave your house to take courses to learn the things you want to know. You can take both accredited and unaccredited courses to become an expert. Courses are offered by even MIT that are not accredited. The important thing is that you learn what you need to learn in a manner that enables you to learn a topic quickly.
While you're involved with learning it can be easy to be distracted from your mission. Your mission is to become an expert in a particular topic and niche, not to become the best public speaker. So don't get your head turned just because you find learning something exciting - stay the course.
For some people, hiring a coach that can help them stay focused on doing what they set out to do can be helpful. The coach doesn't have to be an expert in the area you want expertise in either. Instead they should be an expert in helping people reach their goals, whatever they are. However, it does help if the coach is cognizant of your field a little.
You've heard your mom say it, "Practice makes perfect" and it's true. The more you practice something and gain experience in something, the more likely you are to become an expert. Don't just do it once a week; do whatever it is every day. They say it takes 10,000 hours of studying and doing to become an expert, so don't waste any opportunities.
It's important to persevere and not give up. You may become an actual expert before the public accepts you as an expert. This is to be expected, but can be difficult to handle. Just keep going, keep promoting, and keep learning and it will happen. One step forward each day will culminate in gaining what you set out to gain.
As you embark on your rise to expert status, you'll likely find that there are roadblocks impeding your ability to get to the top. But, you can overcome all of them with perseverance and focus on the goals that you have made.
Rich Thurman’s passion is helping small businesses realize their full potential. With twenty years of real world experience in both small and large business, Rich has worked for and with both global industry leaders and small-town family-run storefronts.
Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page.