Over at MackCollier.Com, Mack has recently posted an article titled “In Defense of the ‘Silent’ Experts” (or for the non-Americans amongst us: ‘Defence’)
In it he talks about:
“The people that have a level of expertise, and aren’t aware of it, or they are, but don’t feel comfortable promoting themselves as being experts? I see this constantly in the social media space. Often, these people are smart enough to qualify as being experts on some subject, but don’t feel comfortable speaking out as such or speaking out period, because the ‘group’ has told them that if they aren’t identifying them as experts, then they aren’t. This leads to some people that truly are experts not voicing and sharing their expertise, because they don’t have the confidence in their own abilities.”
How many of us selfishly hide our light under a bushel (as the saying goes)? Because it is being selfish in a way isn’t it? If you know something, are good at something, and are not sharing that with the world then I call that selfish.
Essentially you’re stopping the rest of us from learning from your journey and I for one want you to stop right now! Mack’s got some good ideas in his article on how to stop being so
selfish silent – I highly recommend reading it.
If you were once a ‘silent expert’ and found your voice, how’d you do it? Let us know in the comments below. Know a silent expert? Share this article with them – maybe they’ll find their voice too!
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