How to Become an Expert

Here’s what it really takes to become an expert, according to a handful of really successful—you guessed it!—experts.

  1. The 10,000 hour rule.

Author and pop psychologist Malcolm Gladwell contends in his book Outliers that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. Gladwell writes, “You need to have practiced, to have apprenticed, for 10,000 hours before you get good.”

  1. Expert feedback.

Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman insists that the secret to continued improvement comes from feedback. And not just any feedback. He writes, “Ideally that feedback comes from someone with an expert eye and so every world-class sports champion has a coach. If you practice without such feedback, you don’t get to the top ranks.

  1. Write, write, write.

Penning articles for professional publications and news outlets like the Huffington Post will not only get your brand out there, but will make you an authority in your field.

  1. Speak up.

A sure-fire way to accelerate your reputation as an expert and boost your income is to take on speaking engagements. From short talks and panel discussions to full-blown presentations or conference lectures, volunteering for a few public speaking gigs at targeted events that align with your brand is a game-changer.

  1. Keep a laser-focus on your goal .

Whether you’re trying to launch a ground-breaking start-up or are climbing the corporate ladder its contended that the scarcest resource and the secret to success is focus.  Research shows that high-achievers need inner, other, and outer focus as the three keys to success. The trick to unearthing those? Mindful meditation.


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