Become An Expert With The 4-Hour Workweek Approach

– How to become an expert in four weeks –

In his book The 4-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferris explains how to become an expert in 4 weeks.

This are his bullet points for how to do it:

  • Join two or three related trade organizations
  • Read the three top selling books on your topic
  • Give one free one-to-three-hour seminar at the closest well-known university
  • Give two free seminars at branches of well-known big companies such as IBM
  • Offer to write one or two articles for trade magazines
  • Join ProfNet which is a service that journalists use to find experts to quote for articles

I have been thinking about those six steps and the achievement of becoming an expert. It looks like a very difficult task especially when you really want to achieve it in only four weeks. Then I realized that one of the important learning’s of Ferris his books is to actually take big steps and realize those unreasonable goals. After all if you don’t start somewhere then how do you achieve something.  So why not start of big with your becoming of an expert.

However you have to be critical as wel. The problem that I have with this six steps and with other parts of Ferris his book is that these steps take a budget to achieve them. You have to join trade organizations, buy books and advertise on university’s with posters.All of those steps combined will cost at least more then $100.

Of course money should not be holding your back when you want to realize your big goals and dreams but it is something you have to take in consideration. After all you don’t want to have to cancel a project because you cant finance it any more. No matter how opportunistic or unreasonable people want you to be to achieve high goals, you have to feel comfortable about your budget. If you spend more then you actualy can effort then you are busy with a bad challenge which can get you in trouble. If you have to choose between getting dinner on the table this week or by paying $100 for joining a trade organization, then of course you choose the food.

Don’t get me wrong, if the money is not a problem then Ferris his expert building plan is a great challenge.  Achieving a big challenge is good to become more confident in life but don’t just blindly follow people’s ideas. It is good to feel a bit uncomfortable and to challenge yourself on certain times but don’t get in trouble because of being to pumped up about something. Life offers great opportunities but if you want a achieve them then you need to use your mind and often work hard and disciplined. Keep those facts in mind when you start with a project or set a goal.


You dont feel comfortable enough for this challenge but still want to become an expert? Dont worry and keep working on your expertise level. Keep gathering credibility indicators. Do courses get diploma’s. Make sure your subject of choice is something you really like and also that you enjoy your learning experience. If you would like to have a Ph. D. in Economics but your find it terrible to be at school for 4 years then try a different approach. For example by regularly following  short economic courses to build up your knowledge about the subject. Always keep learning.  Not only to be an expert for others but also for your personal growth.

Do you feel comfortable enough to do this challenge and have the budget to actually do it?  Then I challenge you to try the expert builder approach and write about your experiences on my website. I am especially interested in people that actually manage to do it in 4 weeks. 

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A real life approach to a fantasy world

I am still searching, in real life as well as with my website. Again I have decided to try a different approach. My main focus was on writing and learning about generating income, becoming financially independent was my first priority. This is still the case but now I would like to start writing about other important categories of life as well.

The motivation to do this came from a PC game I am playing. I realized that that game presented so many general aspects of real life and then I thought why not start working to improve those aspects in my real life and use the game as a guideline structure. Follow the same steps as I do in the game.

Most aspects of life that are written down below are all somehow present in the game as well as in every persons real life. However the skills that I describe are personal choices. For example in the game I can train engineering skills. I have no ambition to be an engineer in real life so I choose something else that interests me and fits my qualities. like for example writing or web design. I still think everybody can learn something from my preferred skills as well as from the other categories written below. They can all be improved to let us grow in life.

Skills

Skill 1. trading and selling (retail, own products)

At the moment I promote a lot of products for other people. Later on I hope to start selling my own products.

Skill 2. writing (creating content)

Writing can be a fun, creative and a healing process. Putting your thoughts and ideas on paper can empty your head. I write daily and build up a lot of content which I find really valuable.

Skill 3. First Aid

Learning how to care for someone in an emergency is really important. It is also important to prevent common risks and stay healthy. Learn how to stay healthy and how you can help yourself or others in case of an emergency.

Skill 4. Web design

Designing a website is addictive. It is great to see your site improve every day and there are many fun ways at how you can do that.

Skill 5. Acting

Acting is fun and it gives you the ability to step in to the mind of other people.


Other aspects of life

Exploring

Don’t be afraid for the unknown, be brave and peek around the corner. Explore the planet. There is so much beauty in the world ready to be discovered. Read, travel, talk gain knowledge, meet new people and learn about other cultures and their values.

Physical activity (training)

Stay healthy and exercise regularly. Staying active gives you more energy and makes you happy.

Money

Money is part of the game. You can hate it but you can’t go without it so you can better make the best of it. Don’t fight it, learn to love it. Make it your hobby to collect as much money as you can and solve that money problem once and for all so that you can fully focus on other important aspects of your life. The whole world is a monopoly game and hey you can play a lot of monopoly and become good at it right.

Possessions

During your life you collect possessions. Try to minimize possessions to keep your self mobile and organized. Focus on buying quality items and learn to enjoy them.

Daily tasks

Small daily tasks that you have or want to do to. They could be tasks like cleaning your house but also things like meditating for 15 minutes.

General tasks

Tasks that need to be done, for example doing your taxes, your monthly visit to the barber or buying a new washing machine. Try to reward yourself for finishing a good amount of tasks.

Achievements and goals

Write down your goals and what you want to achieve in life. Today, tomorrow, next month that is up to you. It depends on what kind of deadlines you are comfortable with. Make sure you mix relatively easy goals with extremely difficult ones. Or cut difficult goals in smaller easier steps. The easy goals give you a boost while you work towards your bigger difficult goals. The difficult goals give you a challenge and keep you from becoming bored.

Experience

If you learn skills and do activities you gain experience. The more you know and learn to more experience you get. Keep track of what you learn and keep that gained knowledge up to date.

Mail

It became such an important part of our lives and now it really needs to put a step back. Organize your mail and set fixed times for when you check the mailbox. A seemingly small part of your life but a game changer if you do it correctly.

Reputation

It is all about building up reputation. More reputation means more respect, more work offers, more friends etc.

Social

It is important to socialize. Talk with your friends, family or relatives on a daily basis, visit them or give them a call or an email. Build up and manage your social network and you will gain so much benefits.

Dear reader, I am interested to hear about your preferred skills. Why did you choose them and what benefits did they give you? I am also interested to hear what your experiences are with the other categories. For example: which parts of the world did you explore or what are your most valuable possessions? Leave all your interesting responses in the comment section below.

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How to become an expert

Recently I have been reading the 4-hour work week from author Timothy Ferriss. I got inspired from his advice on how to become an expert in a really short time.

Often it is assumed that experts are people who have been working on their skill of expertise for many years. However, a lot of people already consider you an expert if you know more then them about a subject. Even if that more is just a little.

For example creating a WordPress blog. For people that do not know anything about WordPress or web design creating a site could seem like a total out of their league skill. To some people I am already an expert, even though I know I am not.

It does not mean that you have to pretend your something your not. You don’t to have done an expert exam. Isn’t being an expert just a term? Is there really an official required level of skills that you need to have to become one?

Credibility indicators

Like Ferriss I believe that proof of expertise is the number of times you are named in the media, the list of clients that you have or the number of positive testimonials you collected. You can study for a few years and have a Ph.D. in for example marketing. Of course you have gained knowledge over those years but what you really have been studying for is that Ph.D. title. That Ph.D. is making you an expert in peoples eyes. It is what Ferriss terms a credibility indicatort. Building up credibility, knowing more then others and provide them a good and honest service. That will make people respect you and they will recommend your qualities to others. Start collecting those positive recommendations and become an expert.

For more information about this idea of Timothy Ferris I strongly recommend everybody to read his book. His advice about how to become an expert is something that really got me thinking.

Setting Goals

Now it is time to actually start achieving some goals. When I plan I write down my daily goals, weekly goals and monthly goals. I am thinking about making 3 months goal as well but I don’t want to have the goal to far away. I know my fast changing interest in subjects and many things can happen in the mean time. So keep the deadlines short  but don’t make the goals to easy. I set out highly ambitious goals to keep me interested. To easy goals would get me bored an I would probably not achieve them. Set out highly unrealistic goals to have a bigger change of succeeding.

Tell us what you think

Dear readers I would like to know what your goals are and which timeliness you usually set out for them? I am also interested on which subject you guys feel you can be an expert and what do you do to show that.

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