Experts appear on television stations such as MSNBC, CNN and HLN, but how do people become experts on a topic anyway? If you want to become an expert follow these three steps.
Take It As It Comes
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, an expert is defined as having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced. And, for our personal as well as our work lives, we may be called upon to be an expert at some point.
1. Just because you may have graduated from college, this does not mean that your education has ended; studying is always required if you want to be an expert on any given subject. You can study by reading books, by taking online courses, by watching videos, by attending seminars and training programs and by learning from other experts within the field that you are interested in.
2. Having a mentor is great at any age and this holds true for those who want to be an expert, too. Why is this? Mentors can give the much need insight into your specific situations. Just think of mentors as being able to point you one step closer in the right direction. The best part is whether you consider yourself to be old or young, there is never a such thing as knowing everything or too much. Plus, learning is a lifelong process and it can best be done with the help of someone you know and trust.
3. A famous saying is, “Curiosity killed the cat.” But, in order to be an expert on any given topic, you must remain curious. Experts are curious about their chosen fields and recognize the limitations of their own understanding of it. What else? Experts constantly seek new answers, new approaches and new ways of extending the grasp of their field.
Finding Your Reward
Whether for your work or for your own personal gain, there are so many aspects of life that you can be masterful in. What would you like to become adept at? Go ahead, don’t be afraid, show that you are a real virtuoso in your selected subject.