How to become an expert

The Expert’s Journey: How to become an expert without neglecting your family, sounding prideful, or feeling like an imposter!

Dancers dance, runners run, bloggers blog, and writers write. Becoming an expert in any field requires massive action. This is because expertise is an ongoing process and not a one-time event.

As a busy dad of six kids, slowly but surely I’m discovering how to refine the hobbies I love. In short, I’m learning how to become an expert without neglecting my family, sounding prideful (I hope), or feeling like an imposter. This week, I thought it would be fun to share some of my learnings with you.

However, before diving in, please know that today’s post is intentionally short. This blog post is a new experiment I’m trying. Rather than working on a post all week, this post–like the process of becoming an expert–is a work in progress. I intend to add to it daily and see what transpires. So be sure to check back often.

Here are some simple strategies for honing and refining one’s expertise. These are the ideas that I’ve found the most helpful on my journey to expertise.

How to Become an Expert in Your Field:

1. Start Small

Big projects often have small beginnings. Bill gates said,

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” 

Bill Gates

I have certainly found this to be true. When I began writing, five years ago, I never imagined it would lead to 18 books, new friendships, incredible speaking opportunities and a whole lot of fun. I’m learning that small actions compound over time and lead to big results.

Diving Deeper

When have you started small and grown your expertise over time? What small actions will you take to hone your craft today? I look forward to continuing the conversation in the comments below 🙂

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I look forward to connecting more soon!

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For more writing ideas, be sure to visit our writing resources page. I pull back the curtain and show you all of my favorite writing resources. You can also check out my book Ten Great Ideas for Authors, where you will discover creative writing prompts and strategies to jump-start your author journey. I truly believe you are only one great idea away from writing success!  

Jed Jurchenko

Jed Jurchenko is the husband to an incredible wife, daddy to four amazing girls, and a foster dad to one more. He's served as a children's pastor, marriage and family therapist, psychology professor, award-winning writing coach, and life coach. Jed is the author of 23 books on relationships, parenting, writing, and doing life well. In his free time, you'll find Jed reading, preparing for an upcoming marathon, barbecuing, paddle boarding, and enjoying life with his incredible family. Find out more about Jed's books, coaching, and courses at

1 thought on “The Expert’s Journey: How to become an expert without neglecting your family, sounding prideful, or feeling like an imposter!”

  1. Hello Jed, I love reading your writing. ♥ This is a golden advice to start with small project. I agree with you! There are some risks on big projects where the time, efforts, strategies and cost take the primary matters. In the point of view, small start can be best for a project. I appreciated for your advice. Waiting to read your next writing.

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