You Know More Than You Think

The first question would-be creators ask: “What am I an expert in? What can I teach?”

Imposter syndrome says: “Nothing. You aren’t an expert. There’s still so much you don’t know. You can’t teach.”

The more we learn about a subject, the less certain we become.

We also doubt ourselves because we forget what it’s like to be a beginner.

But we all have something to teach.

One of the best professors I had in university wasn’t a professor at all. He was a recent PhD graduate.

The reason he was such a great teacher was because he remembered what it was like to be a student.

He remembered what it was like not to know.

As we become experienced and knowledgeable, we forget how little others know.

We forget what it was like not to know.

To get past this, don’t think about what you’re qualified to teach.

View teaching as a way to solidify your own knowledge.

Start with the basics, and work your way up.

Share your journey along the way.

You’ll find that the exercise forces you to confront gaps in your knowledge. This will help you in your current work.

And you’ll get feedback from others who are learning that will show you how qualified to teach.

Teaching is the final step in learning. And we’re all learning something.