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Jul 19, 2019 09:09:40

Expertise Validation

by @basilesamel PATRON | 350 words | 326🔥 | 368💌

Basile Samel

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Most workers spend their life trying to climb the corporate ladder. Since I worked as an employee for only six months, I am not an expert, but I think it's quite obvious most people are bad at it. Working for one year to get a 2% raise? Seems pretty fishy if you ask me. There is so much you can do in one year to grow as an individual - I can safely assume you can deliver at the very least 10% more in value if you set your mind on it.
People aren't lazy, it's not the issue. We are just bad at selling our expertise to gain leverage. Good news: it can be learned.
How do we demonstrate this expertise then? You can get a college degree or a certification, that's the most mainstream approach. You can also hope someone will give you a chance at a prestigious company and leverage your newly acquired title to navigate the corporate world. However, the simplest and most actionable thing you can do today is to create something on your own.
I'm not telling you to become an entrepreneur, I'm merely suggesting you should demonstrate your skills with concrete pieces of evidence. You don't get a promotion, a raise, or a better position at another company by writing a motivational letter. You want something that is tangible, that can be quantified.
You can, for example, build a side-project: a small product, a community, or an event.
Even simpler: create content. It literally takes $0 to publish content on a regular basis. On the Internet, content is king: it attracts people, and thus opportunities. Developing an audience is incredible leverage to increase your quality of life: an expert is someone people listen to, it increases your perceived value to a potential employer.
One piece of advice I'd give my younger self: build a personal website, write a blog, actively and publicly collaborate with others on projects you are passionate about... the kind of leverage you can accumulate in a sustainable fashion is the one which actually compounds.

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    @basilesamel - Wow Basile.. Me and @seunoyebode were just talking about creating a personal site few days back. I am proud to say that I just built mine yesterday with my name. I am still working on what content I am going to make available on there and what I will decide to share but I totally agree with this post.

    #1. Create
    #2. Collaborate
    #3. Brand yourself
    #4. Write

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 19, 2019 19:43:31
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      @keni awesome! :D send me the link once you're ready to share

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 20, 2019 03:44:35
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    @basilesamel I was just doing some washing up and was thinking about something along these lines too, sat down and read your post.
    I believe that this is a "golden age" of content creation. As you said, it takes $0 to get started and there is so much to gain from writing, blogging, vlogging or collaborating with others. There has been no time like now for people to publish freely and reach the masses.
    But how would you inspire your younger self to take the time and effort to do it?

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 19, 2019 09:09:43
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      @twizzle I would just tell him to take his eyes off the mountain and focus on the little steps ;) 200 words, one commit, a 5-minute video, one drawing... anything fitting on a daily basis.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 19, 2019 10:17:38
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