Sunday, September 06, 2009

Curious about Being and/or Becoming an Expert

Definition of Expert: Taught by use, practice, or experience, experienced; having facility of operation or performance from practice; knowing and ready from much practice; clever; skillful; as, an expert surgeon; expert in chess or archery. An expert or experienced person; one instructed by experience; one who has skill, experience, or extensive knowledge in his calling or in any special branch of learning.

Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.” - W. Clement Stone, American businessman

Who's to say who's an expert?” - Paul Newman, American Actor

In what area and/or areas do you possess expertise? You may have a hobby, interest or activity that you are passionate about. Whatever it is, Internet gurus are suggesting that you start writing articles, get involved on forums and even create information products so that you become known as an expert in that field. You may also become more of an expert by doing research, reading and attending workshops and seminars.

Why would you pursue this?

One of the most successful areas in sales online and even offline are information products. These products share how tos and facts that others are searching for. For example, you may be interested in public speaking, fitness, storytelling and web design. I have reasonably priced information products and even free articles that I have written addressing each of these areas that I am passionate about.

Let me share some of the interesting quotations I found for the word expert:
  • What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.” - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher
  • Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” - Denis Waitley, American writer
  • Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.” - Laurence J. Peter, Canadian writer
  • An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist
  • A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.” - James Callaghan, English leader
  • I'm not an expert, but I want to be.” - Ben Nicholson, British artist

And, a couple more for you to consider:

Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.” - William Osler, Canadian scientist

If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.” - David Ben-Gurion, Israeli statesman

I challenge you to think about having expert status and pursuing information marketing in that field. You will be glad you did.