If you just knew enough, you could teach, and share your gifts.
I’ve been there and done that.
Doubts held me back for years before I finally realized that I did know enough.
I realized that I didn’t have to know everything, nor did I have to portray myself as an expert.
I only had to share what I knew.
Now, let’s dive deeper into this whole expert thing, shall we?
What is an Expert?
Expert means being proficient and knowledgeable about a certain topic.
It doesn’t mean that you know everything. If you’re teaching something advanced, then you need to know more, but not everything.
Some of the synonyms for expert are:
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 knows everything, because that’s not 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, what then?
I was afraid that I wouldn’t have anything to say. Why would anyone listen to me?
These doubts stopped me from taking action, until one day, I became so sick of my own excuses that I started anyway.
And once I got going, I discovered 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.
Above all, I realized that I didn’t have to be an expert. All I had to do was share what I knew.
Once I began sharing, I exposed many hidden assumptions that were holding me back. One of them was the thought that if I found something mundane, I shouldn’t share it.
In other words, I didn’t want to share what I found simple, because I thought everyone else found it simple.
But as I began receiving feedback from my readers, I discovered that the opposite was true.
My “simple things” were changing people’s lives.
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 everything to share what you know.
Don’t pretend to be an expert. Be honest. Help people.
I don’t consider myself an expert. I just share what I find.
I’m not the best writer. I’m not the smartest person in the world. I don’t have amazing connections, nor am I fearless.
But all of that doesn’t matter, because I share my humanity with you.
I struggle with purpose, meaning, fear, worry, guilt, shame, just like you do. And I can share my journey with you.
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 one tiny step forward?
Take action and see what happens, instead of trying to predict the future. You don’t know what will happen.
And chances are, if you are passionate about what you want to teach, you’ll 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.
If you have doubts about taking action, you’re giving your mind too much power. Let those thoughts be and ask yourself: What next tiny step can I take, right now?
Listen to your inner wisdom.
What is it telling you?
So, Where Do You Start?
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Don’t wait for perfect circumstances.
Instead, take one tiny step forward, and your path will reveal itself as you walk.
Teach what you know, and as you learn more, teach more.
All the best,
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