Are You an Expert?

I was reading a very interesting article from that promoted the idea that every year, you should choose a topic to focus on and then do everything possible to become an expert on that topic. That sounds like it makes a lot of sense. Plus, I like to read and research and all that other sort of education-based, geeky stuff, so I think I’m in. Here’s why I think this could work for me and my career:

  1. Provides focus. Every day my email box, news feed, etc. are flooded with articles, reports, infographics, white papers and more on things are relatively interesting, but I don’t have time to read them all. By picking a specific topic I will allow myself to read the information that matches my area of focus. It’s a relief. There is a lot of information overload on a daily basis.
  2. Fuels the love of learning. As I mentioned, I like reading and researching areas of interest. This gives me a reason to take time out of my day to do something I enjoy and will be valuable. For those of you that may consider this type of learning a burden, make sure to pick a topic that you truly enjoy; hopefully that will make it bearable.
  3. Makes you sound smart. When you know a thing or two about something, people start to listen. Plus, if you share your knowledge in a helpful, non-threatening way people may begin to consider you the “go-to” person on your topic. That could be kind of cool.
  4. Opens doors to potential opportunities. By expanding your expertise, you may find yourself looking for new projects that match your new knowledge; or those projects may come looking for you. Don’t keep your new smarts to yourself.

Now comes the hard part; choosing the right topic! What area would you like to become an expert? Let us know in the comments!