What Can You Teach If You’re Not an Expert?

You have all the expertise you need inside of youDo you feel a yearning to help people, but are stopped by doubts of not knowing enough?

If you just knew enough, you could teach and share your gifts.

Yup, I’ve been there and done that.

Doubts held me back for years before I finally realized that I did know enough.

When we’re passionate about something, we know something, because passion implies that you’ve done what you’re passionate about.

So it’s not that you don’t know enough that holds you back. No one said you have to portray yourself as an expert.

You can just share what you know.

To unravel this mystery, let’s dive deeper into this whole expert thing.

What is an Expert?

Expert means being proficient and knowledgeable about a certain topic.

It doesn’t mean you have to know everything. If you’re teaching something advanced, then you may need to know a bit more, but never everything.

Some of the synonyms for expert are:

  • Able
  • Skilled
  • Trained
  • Adept

Nowhere does it say “all-knowing.”

That’s something we make up, because we see people out there pretending to know it all, when they really don’t.

No one can know it all, because that’s how life works. When you think you know it all, life gives you a gentle slap in the face.

My Early Struggles

For a long time I avoided starting what would become Wake Up Cloud, because I was afraid of following my true passion.

I was scared of sharing what I truly cared about, because if people didn’t like it, who would I be?

I was afraid that I wouldn’t have anything to say. Why would anyone listen to me? These doubts spun around in my head for years.

They stopped me from taking action.

Until one day I became so sick of not following my heart that I just started.

I realized that I did have something to say. I realized that just because I thought I had nothing to teach people didn’t make it true.

And above all, I realized that I didn’t have to be an “expert,” because it’s just a concept we’ve made up. All I had to do was share what I knew.

That’s all.

I realized that none of my doubts were as important as the yearning I felt in my heart. I felt compelled to share, so that’s what I did.

And that’s what you have to do. There’s a reason you feel compelled to do what you feel compelled to do.

I started writing about the things I found simple, and they turned out to be groundbreaking for others. My readers started emailing me about their lives changing.

That’s when I realized that following my heart was more important than listening to my mind and its doubts.

How to Teach When You Don’t Know It All

You don’t have to know it all to share what you know.

You don’t have to pretend to be an expert. When you’re honest with the people you’re helping, they will appreciate you even more.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert in lifestyle business, but I do have experience, and I share what I know freely.

When you do the same, you’ll discover that this whole expert thing becomes a non-issue. It’s only a thought that stops you from starting.

So what would happen if you simply shared what you knew?

What if you forgot about all the buts and what ifs and took action?

Take action and see what happens, instead of trying to predict the future. You can’t know what will happen until you start.

And chances are, if you are passionate about what you want to teach, you will be surprised by the results, because when you’re excited about something, it’s what you were meant to do.

You just have to start.

The Calling to Share

Now more than ever do you have to heed your inner calling to share.

People need support and help, and you are here to help them. Yes, even if you “only” teach knitting, because it’s not always about what you teach, but how you teach and who you are.

Sometimes just you being there can change someone’s life, because we’re all a part of an integrated whole, and we all affect each other, even if we don’t “communicate.”

If you have doubts about taking action, you’re giving your mind too much power. Let those thoughts be and connect to your heart.

Listen to your inner wisdom.

What is it telling you?

You feel like sharing, don’t you?

So, Where Do You Start?

I wrote a simple guide on this a while ago.

Start there.

But also know that any reason you can come up for not starting is not valid.

If you choose not to start, that’s fine. But know that you can start today. You can start now.

Don’t worry about getting things perfect, just focus on taking one tiny step. Teach what you know and as you learn more, teach more.

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You see, if you’re reading this, it means you’re ready to do this.

Deep down you already know this.

I’m just here to remind you.

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  1. Fonzy Montenegro says:

    Freakingly amazing, Henri!

    I thought I didn’t know enough and it’s holding me back more than it needs to. Your reminded me that it’s all about sharing what you know because there will always be someone better than you at something so it’s best to be honest with your customers.

    Very brilliant post! Thank you for sharing this post.

    Happy New Year my friend,

    • And there will always be people that know less than you and appreciate you sharing what you know 😉

    • I love this post, it’s like you’re talking directly to me. It really is so that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.

  2. I as well thought I could not do what I was passionate about. Today I am 2 years into my own business and my first book is @ the editors!! Thanks for the reminder Henri

    • Fantastic, Teddy. Thanks for sharing that.

      Just goes to show that just because you think you can’t do something doesn’t mean it’s true.

  3. Thank you, Henri for this post. It is definitely food for thought at the start of this new year. I constantly have to remind myself that I am “enough” as I am and that there is no need to be an expert or perfect in every respect.
    Happy New Year.

  4. If you have valuable knowledge and experiences to share with others, then you’re automatically an expert.

    Some people may be bigger experts than others (more valuable knowledge to share), but as long as you can help someone improve their lives for the better, then you’re an expert.

    The world needs more experts 🙂

  5. Thanks Henry!!
    It is simple yet hard slap on the face. This is indeed encouraging me to contemplate on my other avenues (passion)of life.

    Best whishes & happy new year!!


  6. Brenda L. Flores says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your words are motivating me to begin.

  7. Henri, you are clearly my favorite lifestyle designer writer and this post is a resonant proof of it.

    You have been key in getting rid of a few success killers like not having confidence in me and some others so I’m really grateful for your advice and time man, gracias!


    PS. Just signed up for the manifesto.

  8. Tom Southern says:

    So true! You hit the nail dead on.

    We all know enough, what makes an expert is confidence in our knowledge and the ability to pass our knowledge on.

    You all know something somebody else doesn’t. Just think of a time someone in your office wanted to do something for the first time: how to link documents using Word, or how to plan a presentation, how to change a wheel of their car, how to buy a house, and you were able to help them by showing them how and giving them the knowledge that they can use forever.

    That’s what an expert does.

    It’s not what an expert *is*, it’s what they do that counts to those on the receiving end.

    If you know how to set up a blog, there are plenty of people who don’t and want to. To them your knowledge of setting up blogs is valuable.

    They problably don’t care whether you’re a blog set-up expert or not, all they care about is that you know how to set one up, and that you’re willing and able to show them how. That knowledge is your product, or service, which ever name you chose for your provision of knowledge.

    You just need to add courage and belief in yourself to offer your knowledge to those who want it. To overcome those doubts like Henri did. Once you realise you’re yearning to share your knowledge with others and provide them with the means to do what they want, you’ll discover how freeing and joyous it is.

    Remember, your knowledge is valuable. People want it.

    • And sometimes not being the expert can be helpful, because you use the same language as someone who doesn’t know anything.

      Excellent thoughts, Tom. Thanks for sharing them!

  9. My first articles were rather bad, I think, because I was so insecure about not being an expert. I overcompensated and made myself out to be a big personal development guru, seeming way too sure about stuff which was closer to speculation or an embellishment of what grounding I did have in the subject.

    I later realised that I didn’t have to know it all, and I could write down to Earth stuff coming from my experiences and intuitions without struggling to hide from my lack of knowledge in some areas.

    In short I became much, much better by not trying to be perfect. 🙂

    • Yes! The more we take action, the more we see that we just have to share our truth. And it’s interesting, because when you come to that place, that’s when you start building a loyal audience.

      Before that, you’re just putting up a facade and hoping people won’t criticize you.

  10. This pulls at my heart strings! Stumbling upon this website and this article at this specific time was exactly what I needed. Thank you for starting up your passion.

  11. Awesome advise as usual Henri! I will be joining your academy. Exciting times ahead for us all. Can’t wait.

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