I’ve always believed…
For as long as I can remember I’ve always told people, and always believed, that everyone is an expert at something. Everyone in the world is an expert.
This may sound strange, people try to pick out flaws in the comment by referencing academia and other certificate related stuff, but I then point out that it’s not all about passing exams.
What do I mean?
So what do I mean by that comment? What am I trying to say? People always think of subject like maths, English, computing and so on. It goes a little deeper though, not everything in the world is academia based.
So, for example, someone may be an expert in ‘Eastenders’ (a British TV soap in case you wondered). Someone may be an expert in the different types of road tarmac. Someone may be an expert in spotting different types of stones. One of my friends was an expert in making models.
There are unlimited subjects out there, things that people can be experts in. This is what I always mean by everyone is an expert in something. I’m sure you can take a second, think and come up with 1 thing you’re an expert in – mine used to be PacMan 🙂
Work to your strengths and not your weaknesses
So, this leads me to the other part of this conversation. So, as I was saying, I believe everyone is an expert in something – but something else I always talk about, and again some people sometimes can’t get their head around, is to not bother trying to become good at the things you’re not good at, spend that time to improve your strengths.
Now, a bit of a caveat to that statement. The first being, the subject that you’re not good at, but want to learn maybe something you’re interested in and want to learn. If that is the case, then it’s worth your time learning it.
The second caveat is, it may be a subject you have to learn. A good example is when we found out little Mr had ASD. We had no idea on parenting a child with Autism – but its something we needed to learn, so we did.
For all other subjects though, unless there is a good reason I never spend time on subjects I’m no good at. A lot of people will say, spend the time learning, you’ll get it. I look at it this way, let’s break it down to time so to make it a little more emphasised.
So, I need to spend 20 hours (for example) learning a subject I am no good at, just to be OK at it and use it occasionally. On the other hand, I could spend that 20 hours improving my skills in something I am good at it and then at the end be great or an expert at it.
What I have done is work to my strengths, I’ve improved something I am good at and something I will be using a lot. I’ve not wasted time learning something that is not a strength.
So, what I am suggesting is work to your strengths. Remember, we’re all an expert in something – and working with your strengths you could become a thought leader in that subjects – or maybe an expert in 2 subjects.
Always work to your strengths and don’t worry too much if you’re not good at everything.