The Ancient Way of Becoming a Recognized Expert

Updated: September 10, 2012

Tune Seidelin

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Do you ever feel like you don't get the credit you deserve as an expert in your field?

Does it piss you off when people with less expertise than you are successful and you aren't?

Are you sick and tired of getting up each morning, only to go to a job you hate, when you'd rather be your own boss and work within your field of interest?

Or do you even secretly wonder if you've wasted your time becoming really good at your craft, when you aren't getting anything out of it?

If your answer is "yes" to any of those questions, then you're facing a challenge mankind has struggled with throughout the ages. And interestingly enough the solution has always pretty much been the same.

You're an Expert, but Nobody Pays Attention (Except Your Mom)

You have put in the hard work it requires to become an expert. You have spent countless hours reading about your subject and taken the time to implement expert advice in your own life. And you've kept going when you wanted to give up and forget all about it.

But except for the fact that you're good at what you do, you don't have much to show for the effort you've put forth. Most people don't know that you're an expert in your field and those that do, don't care (except your mom off course, but let's face it - you didn't become an expert to impress her).

The Reason? People Don't Care About You

As long as mankind has been around, people have cared more about one thing, than anything else - themselves. That also means that they don't really care about you and what you're good at. And that's bad news for you in two ways.

First of all, people need to be aware of what you are good at for you to become recognized as an expert. But its an impossible quest to inform the world single-handedly. You need help from other people, but they aren't going to help you, if they don't care.

And your impact on the people you do manage to get in front off, will be minimal because they don't care about you and what you are good at, unless there is something in it for them...

The Ancient Way of Showcasing Your Expertise to the World

The one thing all well known experts have in common, is that they have figured out how to take advantage of the fact that people primarily care about themselves and use it to their advantage (knowingly or unknowingly).

Its a simple trick. It worked in the ancient Greece, it still works today, and it will work as long as people have a strong self-interest (probably as long as people are around).

All you have to do is to help people publicly.

It's a deceptively simple strategy, but it works wonders for several reasons. First of all, people become interested in what you have to offer, because it's all about them (what they really care about) and not about you. Secondly, you automatically position yourself as an expert, by showcasing your expertise and helping people with less knowledge/know how/experience.

On top of that, people will be grateful if you truly help them out and will help you spread the word as a way of paying you back (nobody likes to be in debt and if you help someone they are in emotional debt to you). And if what you have to offer really is good, then people will also be motivated to share it simply because it will make them look good to the people who benefit from it.

There are several ways to help people publicly, but one is better than all the rest in my opinion and that's the one I'd recommend you start with.

Not So Ancient Way of Getting in Front of People

Back before the industrial revolution, you had to physically get in front of people to help them out, but as human technology evolved it became increasingly simple to get in front of people. Just think about how few people experts were able to reach before printing was invented and books existed.

Books are still a powerful way of getting in front of people, but the advances in human technology have created a much more effective medium and it's also both cheaper and more accessible.

You've probably already guessed that I'm referring to websites. Websites are the perfect medium for helping people publicly as "a website is a platform for leveraged human interaction via the internet" (that's my definition of a website).

There are plenty of examples of people who used a website to establish themselves as experts. And if you think about it, you probably can't name a single living recognized expert that doesn't have a website.

So here's what you should do:

1. Make a Website

If you want step by step instructions about how to make a successful blog then check out the Start a Blog That Matters course. And if you just want to know how to make a website then check out my site (there's a link next to my picture below the post).

2. Find Out What People Want Help With

Think about what you wanted to know when you knew less about your topic, what problems you've faced, etc. Talk to people with less experience and ask them how you can help. And head over to the Google Keyword Tool to find out what people are searching for related to your area of expertise.

3. Write About it

Then simply start writing articles that truly help people - aim for epic every time.

4. Get in Front of People

And last but not least make sure people become aware of your website. Be active on social media, write articles on other peoples websites (you can even become an expert at that) and tell everyone you know.

It's as simple as that and if you put in the work and keep going, then I guarantee that your days as an unknown expert will be over soon.

So what are you good at that only few people know about?

And if you have experience with other effective ways of helping people publicly, then I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Did you find this article helpful? Then I'd appreciate if you would help me look like an expert by commenting below and sharing the article with your friends. ;)

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