How To Become An Expert In Your Niche (Offline or Online)

by Charles Harper 23 replies
Hello Everyone:

I am doing a challenge and starting a Facebook Group based on Michael Hiles' recent Facebook Post. The challenge is to read 50 books in your expertise/niche between now and 12/31/2013.

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Here is Michael's post:

Want to become a world-renowned expert in your career field? If you read 50 books per year in your field (about a book a week), you'll be an international expert within 5-7 years.

I adopted this habit many, many years ago, and it has made all the difference in my life. When the average adult doesn't even read one nonfiction book per year, reading 1000 books in your field will give you so much expertise that you'll always be a hot commodity in any economic situation.

If you have no time to read, listen to audiobooks. There are even phone apps and such which permit you to listen at 2x speed.

How much knowledge and expertise do you think you'd pick up if you adopted a regular habit of expanding your knowledge into your core area of expertise?

So pick a book you'll finish this week, divide the content length by 7 (or 5 if you're doing weekdays only), and digest that much content each day. You'll be a world-class expert in your field before you know it.

Make this a lifelong habit. Once you begin it, never quit. And get your friends and family to adopt this habit as well, so they'll always have new book recommendations, insights, and intelligent discourse to share with you.

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Here is the group if you are interested!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/char...bookchallenge/
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  • Profile picture of the author James Basher
    what is your aim from becoming an authority in the niche? or would you like to be a perceived authority? i know people who have read so much about a certain subject (lets say marketing) but who have never ever ran or tried running a successful marketing campaign in their life.I would not call that a real expert

    if you want to be seen as an authority in your niche, publish a real book , associate yourself with other perceived authorities in your niche (guest posting,speaking in industry events with them) have successful case studies etc etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author derfootmarcus
      Originally Posted by rathnavelpandian View Post

      what is your aim from becoming an authority in the niche? or would you like to be a perceived authority? i know people who have read so much about a certain subject (lets say marketing) but who have never ever ran or tried running a successful marketing campaign in their life.I would not call that a real expert

      if you want to be seen as an authority in your niche, publish a real book , associate yourself with other perceived authorities in your niche (guest posting,speaking in industry events with them) have successful case studies etc etc.
      Publish a book without reading up and becoming knowledgeable in that area? That doesnt make any sense.
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      • Profile picture of the author James Basher
        Originally Posted by derfootmarcus View Post

        Publish a book without reading up and becoming knowledgeable in that area? That doesnt make any sense.

        you dont need to read upon a topic to publish a book
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        • Profile picture of the author captainron4
          If people didn't read, as it seems most on here are suggesting. Most of the people on this forum would lose their income.
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenchow
    Reading will only enhance knowledge.
    To become an expert, I believe experience always weigh more than mere knowledge, and the only way to gain that invaluable experience is to get your hand dirty.

    Niels Henrik David Bohr's quote says it all:
    “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.”

    Read one book, then take action, isn't that better?
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  • Profile picture of the author GailTrahd
    There are the experts from doing and making the mistakes; the journalists/researchers who are the experts from learning all they can about the subject and those who are a combination. Which is better? It is hard to say - I believe the best are those who can synthesize the information they either learn first hand or from research and then teach it in a way that others can comprehend and digest. The teacher is not responsible for the actions of the student - but responsible for communicating accurate and timely content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dmarcotte
    I think this is an excellent idea, particularly if your niche is one that is technical. I would imagine computers, software, green technology and other similar areas have constant improvements and changes. I would say that perhaps reading a book a week is not necessarily always right, what about journals and magazines in that particular industry?
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    • Profile picture of the author joanncarson
      I totally agree that reading everything you can about a particular topic is important. But I also agree that experience is key. The thing about both is that you never know when you might come across something totally new or an idea presented in a book that will make that "lightbulb" flash like crazy. Knowledge can be found if we just keep looking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
    It's a voluntary challenge based on what Michael posted.

    I can't tell you what's right for you.

    If it resonates..do it.

    If it doesn't do your thing.

    Peace to you friends!
    CT
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    You can read books about the guitar all day long, but until you start picking it up and letting your fingers blister for six months you wont be an expert. Know what? You have to "Play" to be able to play, and at first you arent good.

    Study is good, but reading isnt going to make you an expert, as mentioned above, it will just teach you big words that make you sound like one... No wonder people dont understand telemarketing...because you cant understand it from just reading...you can only barely "perceive" it, and even your perception is just what someone fed you.

    There are a TON of ideas that are theoretically perfect- and BAD advice , because they dont work in reality the way they are supposed to.

    "Supposed to" backward is "to suppose".

    I think Michael is a winner... but this tells me alot about how SOME people come to be considered (perceived as) experts. Every guy with a marketing degree who works at starbucks is an expert I guess.

    Personally, I didnt even graduate from the 8th grade, and I can out talk alot of guys with degrees, in fact I even counsel them. Experience baby. Go get it, even if you suck at first.

    This is not to say there is no benefit in reading and listening to audios.
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    • Profile picture of the author BrashImpact
      I truly believe reading is a lost art now a days. Readers are Typically winners in the thirst for knowledge...but on this challenge i have 2 thoughts...

      There is a huge difference between educated book smart, like college grads in the field... which granted reading 50 books on a field or niche will make you a Theoretical specialist....

      However i want Executable Experts, people who have done, can do it and make it happen. Reading is great... ACTION is WHERE IT'S AT!!!!

      The only benefit I see to this challenge right now, at the end of 2013 we are going to have a lot of Theoretical Book smart people talking about Stuff they have no EXECUTABLE Experience In. [[[[[[[[[[[[ SCARY SCARY ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]


      Saddling up with my Diamond Plated Armor right now in Anticipation!

      Robert
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      Study is good, but reading isnt going to make you an expert, as mentioned above, it will just teach you big words that make you sound like one... No wonder people dont understand telemarketing...because you cant understand it from just reading...you can only barely "perceive" it, and even your perception is just what someone fed you.

      John,

      I know you're very good at what you do, and I greatly respect that.

      However, practice alone doesn't make perfect. That's a myth. It's "perfect practice" that makes perfect.

      In other words...

      Yes, experience counts, but knowledge gives you a HUGE head start on the road to becoming truly proficient.

      Learning everything through "trial and error" is a long, hard road to take.

      Many years ago, when I got out of high school, I went to work in a factory. It was NOT a fun place to work. I couldn't escape from there fast enough.

      As a result, I went to college and thoroughly enjoyed it. I LOVE reading and learning.

      In fact, I hate to think about where I might be today without my degree and a love of books.

      But I understand that all people are different. To each his own path...

      Best,

      John
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      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      You can read books about the guitar all day long, but until you start picking it up and letting your fingers blister for six months you wont be an expert. Know what? You have to "Play" to be able to play, and at first you arent good.
      Like the man said, No matter how many books you read, untill you pick-up a guitar and play, it's all theoretical...
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  • Profile picture of the author BarbaraMcKinney
    Reading has so many great benefits. It unlocks undiscovered knowledge. Great encouragement Charles and I will include it to my 2013 goals. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author mort13
    Hi Charles,

    I agree you need to read a few books in your chosen niche to become recognized as an expert. This is one of the things I teach in my online course Expert Niche Academy | 3 Step Plan To Expert Status In Your Niche

    I will check out the facebook page.

    Happy Holidays to All!

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  • Profile picture of the author rendell
    Reading is part of the 10k hours we need to clock to become expert.
    You also need to spend time implementing and executing what you learn to be true expert.

    Afterall, for some niche, there may not be enough good books written out there.
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    Originally Posted by Charles Harper View Post

    Hello Everyone:

    I am doing a challenge and starting a Facebook Group based on Michael Hiles' recent Facebook Post. The challenge is to read 50 books in your expertise/niche between now and 12/31/2013.

    ===========================

    Here is Michael's post:

    Want to become a world-renowned expert in your career field? If you read 50 books per year in your field (about a book a week), you'll be an international expert within 5-7 years.

    I adopted this habit many, many years ago, and it has made all the difference in my life. When the average adult doesn't even read one nonfiction book per year, reading 1000 books in your field will give you so much expertise that you'll always be a hot commodity in any economic situation.

    If you have no time to read, listen to audiobooks. There are even phone apps and such which permit you to listen at 2x speed.

    How much knowledge and expertise do you think you'd pick up if you adopted a regular habit of expanding your knowledge into your core area of expertise?

    So pick a book you'll finish this week, divide the content length by 7 (or 5 if you're doing weekdays only), and digest that much content each day. You'll be a world-class expert in your field before you know it.

    Make this a lifelong habit. Once you begin it, never quit. And get your friends and family to adopt this habit as well, so they'll always have new book recommendations, insights, and intelligent discourse to share with you.

    =====================

    Here is the group if you are interested!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/char...bookchallenge/
    Thanks for sharing this Chares I hadn't heard of it before but can see it's value and think it's a brilliant idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    Reading is an important part of the equation but that alone won't make you an expert. You're only an expert if people perceive you to be an expert. You have to share what you learn to enlighten others. You have to get your knowledge out there to as many people as you can. You have to have the confidence to publicly stake your claim as an expert. Otherwise you'll just be another guy who has read 50 books.

    It also depends on the niche you're in. To be an expert in some niches, you have to have some type of proven results to support your claim. You can claim to be an SEO expert all you want, but if you've never ranked a site on page one, you're being disingenuous.
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  • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
    10,000 hours. No ifs, no buts. That's what a REAL expert is made of.
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    • Originally Posted by SurrealPSD View Post

      10,000 hours. No ifs, no buts. That's what a REAL expert is made of.

      I checked this out on the calculator. That's 417 days of 24 hours each. And it's 1,250 days of 8 hour days. Which is 250 weeks of those 8 hours days/5 days a week. And that's five years of 8 hours days/5 days a week, less two weeks a year for vacation.

      I'm not arguing the truth by any means. But reading 50 books is going to be faster.:p

      Mary
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      • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
        Calculations aside, that's the volume required for true expert status

        Anything else is just pretending..

        Originally Posted by BrightShinyObjects View Post

        I checked this out on the calculator. That's 417 days of 24 hours each. And it's 1,250 days of 8 hour days. Which is 250 weeks of those 8 hours days/5 days a week. And that's five years of 8 hours days/5 days a week, less two weeks a year for vacation.

        I'm not arguing the truth by any means. But reading 50 books is going to be faster.:p

        Mary
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  • Originally Posted by Charles Harper View Post

    Hello Everyone:

    I am doing a challenge and starting a Facebook Group based on Michael Hiles' recent Facebook Post. The challenge is to read 50 books in your expertise/niche between now and 12/31/2013.

    Here is the group if you are interested!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/char...bookchallenge/
    Thanks! I just put in a request to join. Great idea.

    Mary
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  • Profile picture of the author PunjabiYaaar
    I completely agree with you. Fact is we need practical knowledge along with theoretical knowledge if we want to succeed in this field. What i have noticed in last three years is that, the field of Internet Marketing has been changing constantly. If we are not aware regarding the all recent changes and if we can not prepare ourselves then it is completely impossible to sustain over here.
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