How to Become a Highly Paid Expert in ANY Field

One of your goals in life should be to become the very best at what you do and earn as much as you possibly can from your work and expertise. To become a high paid authority in your profession you must first refuse to sell yourself short.

It’s not what you have but what you do with what you have that will determine your success or failure. Abraham Maslow, the great psychologist said that the story of the human race is the story of people selling themselves short. He said people have a tendency to settle for far less from life than they are truly capable of. Many people are spinning their wheels in careers where they should be moving rapidly onward and upward.

If you want to reach the stars in your career, you have to become excellent at what you do. You have to pay any price, go any distance, and spend any amount of time necessary to “be the best.” Extraordinary rewards only go for extraordinary performance; average rewards for average performance; below average rewards, insecurity and failure for below average performance.

Here’s a vital key, you are being paid today exactly what you’re worth – no more, no less. If you want to earn more, you must increase your worth, your value to others.

In terms of cash flow, the most valuable asset you have is your “earning ability.”

Unless you are very rich, or have a family trust account, your most valuable asset is your ability to earn money. It is your ability to position yourself as an authority in your field by applying your knowledge and skills in a timely fashion to get results for which others will pay.

All your education, knowledge, experience, reading, training, and work have contributed toward building up your earning ability and positioning yourself as an authority in your profession. You must set high standards for yourself and recognize that anything that someone else has achieved, you can achieve as well.

According to the research, the so-called “rich” in America, and in other countries, are almost invariably people who started from common beginnings, often with great disadvantages, and then overcame those circumstances by investing an enormous amount of time and effort on developing their earning ability and becoming an authority in their field. And you can do the same thing, starting today, or at any time you choose.

Management consultant Peter Drucker says that the truly educated person today is a person who has learned how to learn continuously throughout life. Business management guru, Tom Peters says that continuous learning may be the only real source of sustainable competitive advantage for individuals and corporations. And Peter Senge, who wrote The Fifth Dimension, says that only learning organizations, those organizations that are capable of taking in new information, adapting it, and using it faster than their competitors, will survive in the fast-changing, competitive world of tomorrow.

The more you know, the better you will be at solving problems and getting results for which people will pay you. The more you know, the more freedom and opportunity you have. And the more you learn and the faster you learn it, the more rapidly you move upward and onward as an authority in your career field and in every other area of your life.

Between where you are and where you want to go, there is almost always a gap, and in almost every case you will find that you can bridge this gap with knowledge and skills. In order to get from where you are to your goals, you have to learn and practice something new and different. You have to learn new skills and abilities. You have to learn new attitudes and methods. You have to learn new techniques and practices. To become an expert in your field, start by selecting one key skill area that is important in your job and resolve to become absolutely excellent in that area.

Here are three steps you can take immediately to start positioning yourself as the authority in your field:

  • First, analyze yourself and determine your core competencies, the key skills that are essential to your job today. How good are you in each one?
  • Second, determine what you will have to be good at in order to do your job in an excellent fashion in the future. What is your plan to develop these new skills?
  • Third, create a learning plan and professional development program for yourself.

Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning and personal improvement, and never stop getting better at what you do.

Find out about Brian Tracy and his expertise here.

[Ed. Note. Brian Tracy has accumulated over four decades of studying the success habits of successful people. He has then taken these practices to train groups, both individual and large corporations what is necessary to make personal success simple. Find out about Brian Tracy and his expertise here.]
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  • Jitin

    Thank you Brain and Craig!! This is an awesome essay. Gives a push.

    • ttcert

      Great to hear!