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What makes someone an expert?

An expert knows a lot about something, and shares their knowledge for the benefit of others. They are not in it for fame, glory, or public recognition of how wonderful they are. They care about information. They care about how people use information.

What separates an expert from someone who just knows a lot? A mere “knower” doesn’t feel compelled to share what they know with others. In fact, he may even hoard information so that others cannot gain anything from him without giving something to him first.

You know more than you give yourself credit for

Your friend told you they had a problem. Without even having to think about it too hard, you knew what to do. It was second nature. Then the lightbulb came on for your friend, and they said, “Wow, I never thought of it like that.”

An expert knows that there is always something new to learn. It can be hard to stand tall and say, “I know that I know what I know.” Trust yourself. Trust your experience.

You use what you know to help others

You want to share your information with other people. You give value away for free so that others can use it to get results. You don’t ask, “What’s in it for me?” Instead you lift yourself by lifting the ground around you.

When you see someone getting results by doing what you taught them, you feel gratitude. You feel unity. There is no envy. Their success is your success.

You entertain new concepts without feeling threatened

New information does not intimidate you. Even when you are skeptical of information that was just released, you look into it. You are willing to keep your mind open. Will the new ways impact how you operate your business? Maybe. Will you have to make a change because of this innovation? Perhaps.

An expert is a lifelong learner. She adapts. She is mindful of the past and its lessons, aware of the status quo, and has an eye toward the future.

What are you an expert at?