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You Are the Expert

“You Are the Expert” by Joan Y. Edwards

I’m convinced you are the expert in many things. You just haven’t thought of yourself in that way.

Malcolm Gladwell says that an expert is someone who has spent 10,000 hours practicing something. He qualifies it by saying when you are practicing that each hour you spend you are taking steps to improve.

If that’s it, that would be 3 1/2 years of doing something for 8 hours a day for 3 1/2 years.

Isn’t it interesting that many novels take 3 years or more to write? Da da dun….the expert for that story.

Hours a Day Number of Hours in One year (365 days) Number of Years 10,000 Hours
8 2920 hours 3.42 10,000 hours
4 1460 hours 6.84 10,000 hours
3 1095 hours 9.13 10,000 hours
1 365 hours 27.39 10,000 hours

Do you have to be an expert to know where to start your story? Do you have to be an expert to write a best seller?
You don’t have to be an expert in writing; you can qualify as an expert in other areas.

  1. You can be expert in storytelling. You’ve done that for at least 8 hours a day since you were born.
  2. You can be an expert in living.
  3. You can be an expert in what you are writing about.

I hope you enjoyed this. It was fun thinking about it. What have you studied for 10,000 hours and expended energy improving your skills at it?

Taking out the trash
Raising children
Teaching school
Using a computer
Driving a car
Talking on the phone
Using skills as a Mechanic
Understanding how the mind works
Understanding how the emotions work

The list goes on and on as to the possibilities of things people can study and become better and better at through practice. A friend of mine pointed out to me that it is not good just to practice. You have to do it properly when you practice. In other words you have to be informed of the acceptable way of doing it. I think that means that you are doing it in a way that works. It doesn’t have to be like anyone did it before. It just has to accomplish your purpose in doing it.

I agree with Malcolm Gladwell. My belief is that someone who spends many hours learning to improve knowledge and skills and practicing them for a definite purpose is an expert. Being an expert doesn’t mean you are perfect. It just means that you probably have learned many things to do and not to do in order to be successful in a particular area.

I challenge you to list areas in which you believe you qualify as an expert. You will be amazed that you qualify as an expert in many different areas. What a gift you are to the world! To your family!

I know there are many areas in which I’m not an expert. It’s okay with me. It’s fun learning about different things. I can enjoy them without being an expert.


Malcolm Gladwell. Outliers: The Story of Success:

Do something today to celebrate your love of writing and/or illustrating
Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


2 Responses

  1. I’ve also read that if you read.study three books on a subject you will know more on the subject than 90% of other people.

    I wish there was a way I could have been calculating my hours studying writing and marketing.

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing


    • Dear Karen, Good to hear from you. That’s interesting about if you read three books on a subject, you will know more on the subject than 90% of other people. You can calculate now. How many years? 365 days in a year. Estimate how many hours you might have worked on it. Estimate now how much you spend between writing and marketing. Now it doesn’t have to be studying, it is practicing it for the purpose of getting better. I think you can estimate and figure it out. I betcha you have expert status in hours – plus what you have in determination and effort plays a big part, too. Do something fun to celebrate you today!

      Joan Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


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