“You can be just a few steps ahead, and you’re still able to help someone else.”
— Julie Greenham
How do you feel about the word “expert”? Or how about “leader”? Many of us feel ambivalence or a sense of disconnect about being referred to as an expert or a leader in our fields — no matter how long we’ve been doing our work!
For a long time, I felt very uncomfortable with the word “expert.” It’s not a label that naturally occurred to me when I thought about myself and my work, and I resisted having it applied to me. I had very definite ideas of what it meant to be an expert: I thought that you had to know everything inside and out. That you couldn’t stumble over your words or concepts while doing Lives, or even while talking to other people. That you needed to know the answer to every single question, always.
These were very unreasonable standards. And very, very few people would qualify as being an expert if they were true!
You can imagine that these standards made me even more nervous to speak in front of my audience, which held me back from opportunities that would have helped me grow my business more quickly.
Tune into this episode to learn how I grew to accept (and even embrace!) the label of expert — and the mindset shift I needed to make in order to own my CEO role.
In this episode, you’ll discover:
02:07 What I thought an “expert” was
04:05 Mindset & emotions
05:05 How I own those CEO shoes
06:39 Practicing what you preach
09:05 Results & impact
11:11 Industry research
14:26 Self-reflective exercise
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