Got a GREAT comment from some guy named “Johnny”
“Who are you Caleb? Give us some credentials, like for example, you’re a personal trainer, or a doctor etc. To me you’re just some dude talking out of his ass. Do you know what would happen if someone got physically affected from your “training program”? What’s more incredible, people actually respond to you. I guess morons attract morons, and in a world of morons, lawsuits don’t exist, therefore you continue your “know-it-all” rant. Get some training in the subject. Physical trainers and everyone else that gave their lives for this subject not only will be disappointed, they’d be pissed; I bet is they see you on the street they’d beat the crap out of you for being so fuucking ignorant.”
I nearly spit out my coffee reading this today! Made me smile
First off, I want to clear this up right now …
I’m NOT a doctor. I’m NOT a personal trainer. I’m NOT a nutritionist or dietician. And I do NOT have a degree in anything. But here’s the thing …
I’m An Expert In Whatever I Choose To Be An Expert In!
Because I CHOSE to be an expert in one or more areas. I don’t need a degree, a certificate, or anything else to tell me “Ok, now you’re an expert, you can proceed”
(Pay attention, you could shortcut YEARS off your path to success if you listen to this advice … or … you could continue being a sheeple (sheep + people, get it?) because you’re following THEIR rules)
Here’s how the process works:
- I’d like to become an expert in “Subject XYZ”: …
- Learn or DO more than 99% of other people in “Subject XYZ” …
- You are now an expert and can share your expertise for fun or profit …
Let’s break it down:
Decide What You Want To Become An Expert In
For me, I’ve got many areas of my life that I would consider myself an expert in … or … at least an “expert enough” to ask for money in exchange for my talents in the area. But let’s talk about health & fitness (a big part of what this blog is about).
I CHOSE to become an expert in this little arena because I wanted to show others what I’ve learned … correct a lot of misinformation out there (that I knew was B.S. because I had tried it and it didn’t work) … and being the capitilistic pig that I am–I wanted to get paid for my expertise.
How To Become An Expert In Any Subject
- READ a LOT! If you go grab the top 3-5 books on a subject, and read them all, you’ll be 99% ahead of most others when it comes to ANY subject. For myself, I’ve been reading books, articles, websites, studies, magazines, newsletters, etc since I was 12 years old when it comes to anything related to health & fitness. (That’s actually WAY too much time to wait by the way to claim expert status in a given area, 3 months of intense study like this is usually enough to be ahead of the pack)
- DO a LOT! There’s the other key, and what I’d consider even more important. Get out there and get your teeth kicked in a bit. Try everything you’ve been reading about. Consider your life as just a big experiment, test your theories, your knowledge and your ideas. (To me, this is MORE the credentials for a real expert than anything else, knowledge included).
And the last step is to simply …
Establish Yourself As An Expert
Don’t wait. You don’t need ANYONE to tell you, “ok, you can be an expert now”.
This is called, “The Magic Of Self Appointment“. And most people will NEVER get this (like our friend Johnny).
You don’t realize it, but you’ve been conditioned from BIRTH by your parents, religions, education systems, government, etc to fit into a nice little spot — acting as a “cog” in society — keeping things running. Things like credentials, degrees, etc are just ways to keep you down from doing what you want with your life.
Seriously, read this article: The Magic Of Self Appointment, here’s a few gems you should consider:
“Realize our school system, government, and industries reward dependency, NOT self-reliance … conformity, NOT innovation … slavery to the status quo, NOT fearless adventure into the unknown.
Aside from the 3Rs, (reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic) what you learn through formalized education is obsolete, outdated knowledge by the time you learn it. Worse, it is designed to prepare you to become a droid in a large vertically-integrated company or institution the likes of which are disintegrating daily.
The result is the inevitable stunting of your initiative, creativity, and capacity for capitalist thinking. Naturally, you fail to appoint yourself captain of the myriad entrepreneurial opportunities around you. And then you wonder why external appointment eludes you.”
PROOF I Know What I’m Talking About
First of all I’m DOING it.
I followed my three simple steps. I’ve written books and sold them to people in countries all over the world, I’ve got my blog, dozens of websites, I’ve got emails subscribers, and people that actually THANK me for helping them in some form or another.
(Yes, I’m actually helping make the world a better place. I’m actually DOING it. So arguing that the world doesn’t work like this is simply crazy … because … I’m proving it each and every day!)
And I’m only a 20-something year old (getting older every day) guy …
Second, nearly EVERYONE who has ever achieved anything worthwhile … or for the mass benefit of mankind … has used this exact same process (from the same article):
“If you look at some of the most successful people in the world, you’ll see they became that way by taking a very different approach.
… Who told Steve Jobs to drop out of college and appoint himself MESSIANIC LEADER OF STONED GOOFBALL COMPUTER GEEKS EVERYWHERE in a crazy war against centralized computing and its overbearing, power hungry priesthood? A war they ultimately won. Had they not, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.
… Who told Andrew Carnegie — the son of a weaver — who started his career changing spools of thread in a cotton mill twelve hours a day for $1.20 a week that he should appoint himself CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY?
… Who told Abraham Lincoln that with one year of a backwoods Kentucky education (reading, writing, and ciphering to the rule of three) he was qualified enough to be appointed Postmaster, and then Lawyer, and then Congressman, and then President, and then MILITARY COMMANDER IN CHIEF?
Nobody, that’s who, THEY JUST DID IT!
… And the rest is history.”
Here’s the bottom line: keep waiting for others to control your life … tell you what you can or can’t do … how to live, how to act, how to make a living, how to “be” in the world …
… OR … step up, take control of your life and start giving your deepest gift possible to the world. And when you’re thinking about doing it — just DO it — and stop waiting for someone to tell you it’s ok.
(Oh, and when you DO start doing it, and you have people living small lives telling you you shouldn‘t be doing it, just make a blog post out of them, to 1. teach them how life works and 2. make an example out of them.)