how do we define an expert?

Each day I set aside at least an hour to studying and my own improvement in the fields of self-development, marketing, business, negotiation, and productivity.

And let me tell you, it’s not nearly enough.

I have a stack of books just waiting to be read.

If you came over to my house you’d find them on the bookshelf, in the closet and on my computer desk.

Being a teacher, I understand the value of studying, but find that the people who get the most out of studying are those that go out and teach others what they learn.

Many of the concepts and ideas that I read about end up in my classes as I want to not only share what I have learned but to see just how well I have internalized it.

There comes a time when we must all accept that we know enough of our material that we can now call ourselves “an expert.”

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That doesn’t mean you don’t have more to learn, every expert I know is constantly out there learning, studying, refining and, most importantly, improving.

Take a look at the list below.

  • Tiger Woods
  • Roger Federer
  • Michael Jordan
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tony Robbins
  • Madonna

What do these people have in common?

First, they are all “experts” in their own fields.

Second, they have continually redefined themselves, they know that just because they had the answers today, that doesn’t mean they’ll have the answers tomorrow unless they keep learning.

And third, they aren’t afraid of failure.

Experts might not be right all the time, but it is their willingness to learn and improve themselves that sets them apart from others.

Are you?

Adrian Shepherd

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