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Be an expert, Avoid the curse

A friend commented recently that I should check out Newly Corporate, a group blog about Gen Y's who are new to the corporate world.

Dan has a recent pair of articles on expertise in the business world that I found interesting.  These are 5 Ways to Establish Yourself as an Expert and The Curse of Knowledge.  In the first, he talks about some methods to get your name out there as an expert:

  1. Provide answers.
  2. Get published.
  3. Get a patent.
  4. Print it and hang it on the wall.
  5. Learn the market.

And in the second article he talks about making sure that you (the expert) aren't so far removed from the early days that you forget what it is like to be a non-experts.  When you forget what it's like, it becomes very difficult to see things from their perspective and thus help solve their problems.

Neither of these are earth-shattering ideas, but they are consistent with what I've read elsewhere.  Interesting to see the ideas being promoted to people who are relatively new to business.  It just reminds me how important it is to become "known" for some type of skill and expertise as soon as possible.

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