I think we can all agree, if we're being 100% honest, we are our own worst critiques. We don't believe we are good enough, we're not smart enough or even that we're not an expert at anything.
I can't tell you how many times those exact thoughts ran through my mind when I decided to start my first business two years ago. I put myself down until my business inevitably failed..or just didn't work out as I like to say.
Now don't get me wrong, I was upset that business venture didn't take off but from each mistake we make we grow and learn what NOT to do or even maybe what to do instead.
Fast forward to just a few months ago. I decided to start a new business venture, to teach others business! Now, the business world is extremely competitive and there are some really incredible people out there teaching business and those nasty little thoughts popped into my head again.
I'm not good enough, I don't even know half the amount that these other people know, I am no expert etc. ect. ect. you know the deal.
But then I had a thought, I don't have to teach anyone anything that I don't know, I only have to teach them what I do know which frankly, is things that I did wrong when first beginning my entrepreneurial adventures.
I'm good at that stuff, I'm good at teaching others how to find a different path, how to do something differently and heck, what NOT to do so they don't make the same mistake that I did when first starting out.
Because I am not someone who has been in business for 20+ years or knows everything there is to know, I can teach in a way that is only one to two steps ahead of someone who is just starting out.
I can teach in a way that makes sense for a beginner because I am an expert in the way that I teach based on my life experiences and my own personal mistakes in my business ventures.
The point is this, I think we think we have to know everything about everything before we even start a business on a particular topic.
Now, don't get me wrong, you SHOULD know your stuff. Don't lie, deceive or pretend you know how to paint, or whatever it is you will be teaching when you really have no dang idea how to even use a paintbrush.
But you don't have to know everything. You don't have to have all the answers to be an expert. You just have to be an expert in the way that you teach it.
If you know how to paint faces really well but you're not the best at painting full body portraits then only teach painting faces! Just teach what you are really good at, what you know really well!
This will also help you niche your topic and find your target audience much easier than if you were amazing at all types of painting, or business or whatever it may be.
We need to get rid of that misconseption right now, because you are an expert in you and as long as you believe in your ablitly to teach others how to get from point A to point B then you can teach others what you know.
Look, you could go to the best business school in the world, learn from the best entrepreneurial teachers but if you don't believe in yourself then you won't get anywhere because you start.
Limiting beliefs will only hold you back from what you are truly capable of, so spread your message, share your answers and establish your expertise and you will be capable of anything.