Who Am I to Teach?
One of the biggest concerns with which people come to me is “What makes me an expert? Who am I to teach?”
Don’t worry! It is totally NORMAL to have this concern. Unfortunately today, people believe they have to be in the Top 1% in their field to add value to other people. This is NOT the case, and today I’ll tell you why.
I say that this is a normal concern because I was there once myself. When I launched my first online course, The Magic Hour, I was virtually a NOBODY.
No one knew who I was, but I what I knew is that I had value to provide. Despite other courses like P90X on the market, I knew my course was unique and that people needed what I could offer.
Thoughts would form like “I have no following…I have no leads…No one’s going to buy my program!”
But when these thoughts started to rise up, I refused to give in to them and I launched my course anyway.
And you know what? I am STILL bringing in residual income from work I did years ago because I had the boldness to believe in what I had to offer. Now I use that experience to help people like you build courses of your own and fight those same battles.
Where does our perspective on “experts” come from?
Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-Hour Rule says that you are not an expert until you’ve invested 10,000 intentional hours into your field.
This work-inspiring rule certainly has some truth to it, but hold on one second. If you’ve invested 1,000 hours into something that I’ve invested zero into, do you think I could learn from you? ABSOLUTELY! As a matter of fact, I think I could learn from someone who has invested 20 hours into something that I have invested 10 hours into.
So what does this mean? You need to have more confidence in what you have to offer!
What really defines an expert?
The fact is, there are three types of teachers, and you could fall into one or all categories.
1. You have researched the field.
You might be great at research–reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos–and then helping others to understand.
Funny enough, many college professors today have not actually done the things they are teaching! Ever thought about that business professor who never owned a business?
My point is, if you have knowledge and wisdom that you can organize in a clear and unique way, people can still learn from you! Don’t let experience (or lack thereof) hold you back.
2. You have created results for others.
One of my employees used to coach baseball.
As a player, he never had a chance of playing at the professional level. However, because things didn’t come naturally to him, he learned the ins and outs better than anyone.
When given the opportunity to coach players with more talent than him, he was able to help several go on to play professionally.
My point here is that you don’t need to be the best at what you do, you only need to create results for your clients.
Now I’m not saying to take dating advice from a marriage counselor who is divorced, but you get the point! People can learn from what you did wrong, and you can coach others to succeed farther than you did.
As Sir Isaac Newton said…
“If I see further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
You can be the giant in this scenario who helps someone succeed faster than you ever could because he or she has the perspective your course can offer.
3. You’ve done research, created results for others, AND you’ve created results for yourself.
This status or role takes the longest to achieve as it is the pinnacle of teaching. Do not expect to fall into this category early in your career, as typically the best way to learn is by taking action and making mistakes.
Maybe this is you! If so, a course is a slam dunk. However, do NOT let it hold you back if you are not yet in this category–you still have tons to offer.
So, who am I to teach?
Ultimately, you are an expert in someone else’s eyes so long as you have more knowledge or experience than them.
If someone can look into your eyes, hear the tone of your voice, and see the confidence radiating off of you, then THEY WILL SIGN UP FOR YOUR COURSE.
I hope you realize now that YOU are credible to teach. And the best part is, you’ll never be less educated than you are right now!
The more you act, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn the more you learn. And the more you learn, the more credibility you will have!
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Raitis is a motivational speaker, trainer and entrepreneur with a passion for breathing life into big ideas, all while aiming to elevate and inspire your personal and business life. He is the founder and CEO of ThriveCourses.com