4 Steps To Become A Smart Prosperous Expert

4 Steps To Become A Smart Prosperous Expert

By Dr. Naseem Mariam

Abstract: You know you are a Smart Prosperous Expert at something when you complete the task quickly, with ease and joy – like enjoying an evening walk. Yet the deliverable or outcome amazes the client and your team. Let’s learn the 4 Steps To Become An Expert in Any Field.


The world loves a Smart Prosperous Expert. A newbie is paid less than an Expert. So, how do you know you are an Expert? An Expert is one who asks questions, does some analysis, and gives a simple, perfect solution to the problem at hand. He does this so effortlessly that you may be fooled. You know you are an Expert at something when you complete the task quickly, with ease and joy – like enjoying an evening walk. Yet the deliverable or outcome amazes the client and your team.

Let’s listen to the story of the Expert Plumber. One day, in a huge mansion one pipe had got clogged and water was not flowing into all the 20 rooms on the north side. An Expert Plumber was called in.  He asked for the house blueprints, studied them for some time, and walked around a few corridors listening and tapping on the pipes. Within ten minutes he located the problem pipe, replaced it, and packed up his tools. He presented the mansion owner a bill for $5000. Astonished, the butler was indignant: “But you worked on only one pipe.”

The plumber said, “$10 for fixing the pipe, and $4990 for locating the correct pipe to fix.” That is the value of a Smart Prosperous Expert in any Field.

So, how can you become an Expert?

It’s a 4-step process. Ever heard of Deming’s PDCA or PDSA: Plan- Do- Check- Act or Plan-Do-Study-Act? This was a sound strategy for the Information Age. Do-Check iterations would be many and finally, only the best solution was implemented. This was like taking a position, taking your own time aiming at the bull’s eye, experiencing a few misses, and then hitting the bull’s eye with a great solution.

Earlier, during the Information Age it was Take position, {Aim, Fire} until Success.
Note: {..} implies a repetitive loop

In the Digital Era we do not have the privilege of shooting at a stationary target. Change is the new normal. The environment keeps changing: today Reels replaces Tik Tok, Google keeps upgrading their SERP algorithms, Facebook changes its Ad rules, a social media platform Instagram gains popularity and the old myspace is forgotten.

By the time we take aim, the target would have moved away, and we would have lost yet another great opportunity. Today, we need to Fire, correct the trajectory of the flying bullet, and ensure it land bulls-eye on the moving target.

There are 3 Phases you go through in your journey towards Expertise in any field:
Newbie, Budding Expert, and Expert.

The 4 stages to become an Expert in any Field

The 4 stages remain the same whatever phase of expertise you may be in. The 4 Stages are: Learn –> {Do + Do + Review} -> Publish & Teach -> Repeat i.e. Learn once more cycle round … until you always hit the moving target.

  1. Learn

Learning Pyramid
Learning Pyramid: Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic along with average Retention Rates

To pick up speed and avoid “common” mistakes, you need a Mentor and an Accountability Partner. Search for a person who has achieved success in the field you desire to become an expert. Surrender to his guidance if he agrees to be your Mentor. Join his community. Be a contributor. Learn what works and what does not from many peers around you in this safe environment. Find an Accountability Partner to remind, motivate, and cheer each other towards your individual goals.

Why you must have a Mentor

Roles of a Mentor
Roles of a Mentor: Advice, Motivate, Train. Goal Tracking. Support, Coaching, Direction, and Success
  • Too much information exists, it leads to information overload and encourages procrastination. You need structure and focus for quick, sustainable results.
  • Mentor has a community that is a safe haven for experimentation, review feedback, and help.
  • Your Accountability Partner prods and challenges you,
  • The Mentor watches over, sets challenges, and provides timely feedback.
  • To get the list of the best resources to use while creating your work: this saves you time, money, and effort.
  1. Do {Do + Do + Review}

You discuss your strategy and calendar with your Mentor and/or his team. Then put in massive action to complete all the tasks.

Why you must have a strategy and work calendar

Work Scheduler
Plan your work into a schedule. Then mark the Most Important Task MIT. Finish it in 1 chunk of time. Then select the next MIT
  1. There are many avenues to explore, the learning stage is addictive and encourages procrastination.
  2. Practise. Practise. And More Practise. Consistent, Daily Practise is a must.
    “It’s pure habit. I write from probably 7:30 till noon most days.” ~ Stephen King.

Create at least 2 chunks of 2 hours every day and decide which task, if completed, will move you fastest towards your goal of becoming an Expert. This should be your modified lifestyle for always: devote a minimum of 4 hours daily to develop and polish your art in 3-day cycles.

For example, if you want to become an Expert in content writing.
In these 2 time-slots you must do these 3 steps in 3-day cycles:
Step 1: Mind-map or write down the skeleton and Write on any topic

Write Daily
As a Content Writer, write Daily: Journal, Gratitude list, your thoughts on any topic, structured thoughts into articles for blog, chapters, or sections of a book.

Step 2: Write on another topic once more with an outline

Step 3: Polish your writing of days 1 and 2 by doing the following:

  • read it aloud to yourself & rewrite
  • read a lot esp. to get out of writer’s block,
  • use the Hemmingway app & rewrite
  • get it reviewed & rewrite

Another example, if you want to become an Expert in FB Ads: in these 2 time-slots you can Design FB Ads on day 1, design FB Ads on day 2, polish your design with a look into the FB Ads library of competitors

  1. Publish & Teach

You have to publish what you have done, be ready to receive compliments and criticisms. “When you face both compliments and criticisms with the same attitude of gratitude, then you are sure to become an Expert” ~ Dr. Naseem Mariam

Critiques and complaints teach you a lot more lessons and trigger your thoughts towards continuous improvements. The key here is to develop un-shakeable self-esteem and faith in your calling to be an Expert in your chosen field.

Content Calendar
Content Calendar Sample for a week. For a Content Writer with different task types

You could repeat “I am enough. I am awesome. I love my work. Work relaxes me. I love myself and am happiest when working. I am an Expert in my field”. These affirmations are commands to the unconscious 80% of your brain that usually lazes around doing nothing. Put it to work. Say your affirmations at the beginning of every hour that you are at work in the field you want to be an Expert in.

Why you must Publish

You are now familiar with using your work calendar. Enhance it now with the dates and times when you will publish your work.

Let us imagine that, as a content writer, every Tuesday at 11 am and Friday at 4 pm you post a new article on your blog, consistently. You send out your newsletter informing your email list about the new blog article posted. Human beings like consistency and persistence. So does Google.

If your audience knows when to expect new content from you, they will visit your blog/website to read it. Google & Social Media Channels loves comments, the earlier the better.

If your clients know that you won’t miss the deadline for sure, you’ll get more work. You can charge a premium and earn more.

Because discipline trumps skill most of the time. And skill + discipline is the surest combination to succeed.
~ Digital Deepak

As soon as you have completed a week of Step 2 ‘Do’ and have at least 2 articles published; you must teach others how you did it. Grow your tribe of believers in your work ethic around you. It’s easier to hold onto a work ethic that is the new normal among your new friends.

Another reason why you need a Mentor and his community. Gaurav Gurbaxani has built just such a marvelous community at https://digitalmarket.com Come on. Hop in. Join us on this happy, rewarding journey towards becoming an expert in your field.

  1. Repeat (same as 1. Learn)

Now that you have mastered discipline with a work calendar and improved your skills using the publishing calendar, you can go ahead and work SMART too.

Next Steps

Customer Avatar
Customer Avatar Template sample with Goals and Values, Challenges and Pain points, Sources of Information, and Role

You are ready to do the ‘usual’ Digital Marketing steps to find out Market Need:

  • Select your niche, micro-niche, identify your avatar
  • Do the competitor analysis, keywords research
  • We have a great team of experts at https://www.digitalmarket.com who can help you compress time by doing your market research for you. Request for a Market Analysis, top 100 titles for your blog, content writing, FB Ads, etc.


Thus, Discipline + Skill + Market need = SMART Prosperous Expert

About the Author: Dr. Naseem Mariam Ph.D. (Acu) loves to heal people. She helps super-busy, over-worked housewives maintain health and agility with custom-designed acupressure routines. She has cured 1000+ ladies in the past 10 years, and they now perform at their best level mentally and physically.

As a freelancer, her areas of expertise are Content writing, Testing & Project Management consultancy. For 24 yrs., she was in the IT industry as a systems Tester, in-house Faculty & Senior Project Manager. She is an author of articles and books on Health, Wellness, and Lifestyle since 2001. Visit her blogs at serenewellness.coach, and bellyboss.in.