Have you ever looked around at the world that you dream about being a part of, feeling like you’re on the outside looking in? Have you ever felt that feel just about everyone you see is doing just what you wish you were doing…and probably doing it better than you? Say there’s something that you want to create your business around, the one thing that you love more than anything, the “it” path for you. Only as you look at those who are already out there doing it, it just feels as though they’re so much farther ahead, have had more experience, more training, more clients, more everything, blah, blah, blah. It can be easy to get the feeling that maybe you’re not quite the expert you wished you were. Before you know it, those feelings can lead to “never will be anyway”….
This is one of the biggest hangups that I’ve experienced on this entrepreneurial path–and I know it shows up both unexpected and unwelcome for many of us: what if I’m not good enough to start this business? Who am I to say that I am good enough at this to actually charge people money for it? When did I become the expert? And…the biggest line along these lines that we can tell ourselves: what if I’m a fraud?
Gets us all. I don’t care who you are. It has happened to me, as it does to everyone. When do you become the expert at something? And do you have to wait to start until you are?
Here’s my short answer: No. Absolutely not. And again, NO.
I repeat–don’t wait to start. Don’t wait to start. Wherever you are–and I mean WHEREVER you are–is just right for you at this time. Don’t waste your time wishing that you were more experienced, “further along”, or “better qualified”. Don’t give in to that fear and let other people tell you you have no business (no pun intended) doing what you dream about.
My friends, if you only consider one thing I might have to say, make this be it!
Don’t let this supposed lack of expertness make you believe that you’ll never be able to build the business you wish for. Ever. Just do something and get yourself going. Something.
Let’s be honest: at the beginning of their business-building journey, nobody is going to be where the 10-year veteran that we all admire is now. But ask yourself this: did that someone you admire get there overnight? Of course not. And do you think for a moment that he or she would be anywhere near where they are now if they never took the first step? Again, NOT A CHANCE!
Folks, you have to start somewhere—and let me emphasize the “start” part here! It absolutely fractures me to see people sitting on the sidelines and believing that they don’t deserve any playing time when it comes to this online business world. Believing that they could never achieve the success that they dream about just because they’re not on the starting roster right this minute. If I could convey one message to you EVER, it would be this one. You are enough. You might not be at the top of your game yet, but you will be eventually…..that is, if you jump in, take action and get started.
And when it comes to getting started, sometimes “Expert Enough” is enough. In fact, sometimes, it is just right!
What does “expert enough” mean, and when does it apply?
“Expert enough”, in my view, means that you know you’re devoted to something. That putting it out into the world means everything to you, that it would change your whole life to be able to share it all the time. That you’ve gotten to know what it is that you want, that you’ve begun creating it (at some level), that you’ve seen that there IS a path for you. And believe me, that is BIG!
“Expert Enough” means that you know just enough more about something that you could really make a difference to the total novice. Or the relative newbie. That you know just enough to help someone not necessarily from Alpha to Omega but maybe from Alpha to….say…Epsilon. (Or something like that!). And that is amazing, because Epsilon trumps being stuck at Alpha ANY day of the week. And if you’re expert enough, you just might be able to make that happen for someone.
Just get started on it. Do something. Do some research. Find out about your field. Get involved. Be willing to learn what you don’t know in order to make things happen. Start talking to people about it. Start sharing your ideas on Social media. Find out what it would take, say, if what you want to do requires any kind of training, licenses, or whatever the case may be (something like practicing medicine without a license isn’t what I’m saying, here–the state wouldn’t go for that!). Find out who might be looking for your services, and talk to these people. In short, get to know what you want to create. Surround yourself with it. And let it become a part of who you are.
And then start doing it. Work with people, even if on a pro bono basis or for a small fee. Talk to people who are where you want to be and learn from them. Surround yourself with the world you want to be in–and start taking the steps NOW.
But don’t worry too much about the expertise being all there just yet. How else are you going to get it unless you get your feet wet, anyway? Even if it’s just dipping your toe into the ocean at first, do it.
Remember–you may not be there just yet, but you’re already light years ahead of the person who never got started. And you just might be the the very one that somebody out there needs, too….the person just far enough ahead of them in any given endeavor who can relate to where they are right now (and can probably even help in ways that the expert might’ve forgotten about!).
Here’s the bottom line: don’t let the belief that you’re not good enough stop you from starting. This is a long and winding road, and the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll learn, grow, and REALLY go places. The experience you need only comes from jumping in and giving something a try. But it won’t happen at ALL if you don’t…just…start.
So have I convinced you yet? That you are “expert enough” to take the first stride of the race? I hope so! (If not then we might need to talk…no, seriously, let me help!) Now you might be wondering what some of the best ways to do this might be! Let’s look at some of my go-to actions:
–Get to know as much as possible about what you dream about doing. Say it’s becoming a Personal Trainer. Find out what you can from those who are already doing it. Look at what the trends are. See if certifications are necessary or preferable. Get creative and Google like crazy!
–Talk to the kind of people you’d like to work with. Find out what they want or need in this area. If you don’t know any personally (that you know of, anyway), look for your kind of people. Put something out there on Social Media. Look at Meetup groups. Or Facebook groups. And if you find someone who’s interested, why not see if they’d be willing to be the guinea pig for your product or service?
–Consider what would you like to offer as your product or service. Write everything down that would be on your “dream offerings” list. What would you do for people that would be exciting to you? Remember, this should be fun. Get creative and have some fun with it all!
–Start up a Facebook page or a blog about it! Really! Even if it’s just one for those who are interested in your field. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it can be a great way to start sharing your ideas, getting feedback, and getting experience.
So there you have it. Now, please promise me one thing–that you won’t let your “lack” of expertise keep you from getting started at all. Please promise me this….and if you need some encouragement, I’d love to give it to you! Let me know what I can do to help get you into the game and not to let this unnecessary stumbling block stop you. Because you have it. I know you do. Just get started. Help the person who’s just a little bit behind you on the path and watch…what…happens. Expert-dom awaits you. Just go get it!