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Description

Become expert in one or more areas. Find a subject that interests you and take time to study and learn all about it. The topic does not have to be broad (such as changing minds!) and a narrow area of knowledge can be much easier in which to gain expertise.

When you do so, sustain the expertise. Stay ahead of others and reach into the deeper realms of your area. Enjoy arguing with other experts (and maybe learning too).

Find ways to express your expertise. If it is physical, like in playing football or singing, go out and compete or perform. You can also write about it, maybe writing books or at least a blog (which is very easy to set up these days).

Discussion

Experts are socially valued, especially when their knowledge or skill is useful or of interest to others. Even professors of arcane knowledge are respected. This recognition and social position will boost your sense of identity.

Experts also are pattern-matchers, seeing complex connections and relationships within and across their areas of ability. The brain rewards itself when it finds a pattern, a key evolutionary ability.

And expertise can also be useful in itself, leading to higher income and enabling you to do things that you might otherwise have to pay others to do.

See also

Authority principle, Learning Theory

 

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