The Desire To Be The Expert Destroys The Novice.

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Why? Because experts want to be better then everyone else. They set out to crush others who want to be in the same field, mostly forcing the novice to stay being the novice.

This could be a good thing and a bad thing.
In the context of today, it is a bad thing.

Today, it is all about sharing and caring.
And to be honest, we have far to many experts (or so called) out there that have the one desire to crush everyone else.

The problem with this is that others are trying to share and care. But instead of having a platform to do this they are being drowned out by the experts.

What causes this? Fear.

Fear that the content, the services, the ideas are not as good as the experts so what is the point of saying anything at all.
Fear that you will look stupid, that you do not measure up, that no one will care.
Fear that it has already been said, already been done.

Let me tell you a little story.

There was a blogger that I knew of that was getting tons of great engagement and response. His site was still new, it didn’t have all the bells and whistles, but he had an audience.
20 comments, then 40 comments, then 60 comments. His engagement continued to grow. He was developing his voice, finding his groove, and writing great content. That all stopped when someone asked him to write a post on blogging.

What do I know about blogging? I have nothing to say.

Sound familiar?

But through some encouragement and some guts, this blogger decided to share his knowledge about blogging. It was simple, precise and helpful to his readers. Sure it had already been said on other blogs, the ideas were not new. But to his audience, to his readers, it was the very thing they needed to hear. Because to his readers he was an expert, he was the voice they listened to, and it was the very thing they needed to hear.

In todays world we are moving away from the expert dominated society. Why? Because everyone can become and expert. Jus spend an hour on google and you can figure out how to code a website.

In todays society the way to stand above all the experts is to be someone who shares and cares about his or her audience. Someone that is more concerned with the conversation then the chance to be looked upon as great.

Has the expert crushed you? It is not to late to pick yourself up and share something.

Share something today.



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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Felicity

    Great advice. I think most amateur bloggers hit this one at least once in a while. “Why do I even bother? So and so is so much better than I am. Everyone likes her blog …” I have a small but devoted audience and I am learning to be faithful to them. I suppose it’s not that different from the big life questions we ask ourselves all the time, “Am I doing anything important?” If I’m giving what I have to give in a spirit of love and generosity, then, yes, I am doing something important.

    • Kyle Reed

      thanks for being honest with those questions. I ask them a lot.

      How is it as a writer? In regards to books and writing?

  • Michael

    Sounds real familiar to me.

    For me it’s all about the conversation. It’s about forming relationships with people and being there for them when you can. This may sound weird, but I think with as busy as we have become these relationships are formed because of people’s desire to connect with each other.
    Stout stuff kyle.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is what trumps everything, personal connection.

      It is amazing that you look at everything that we use today and at its core is connection. Blogs, twitter, facebook, cell phones, email…all of it.

  • Jordan Watson


    In the past I think the “crush the competition” mentality won the day. Now it is about collaboration, but more importantly… valuing people. Competition enhances the collaboration I think if we can remember to value people. Great stuff here man. You live this out. Thanks for inspiring us.

    • Kyle Reed

      it is about collaboration. No lone rangers. And if you do not collaborate you will lose out. Maybe not in business but in life.

  • Jason Vana

    When I first started writing regularly on my blog, I definitely struggled with feeling like a novice – other people were writing the same things and, in most cases, in a better way than I could. I really didn’t think I had anything new to offer and struggled with keeping it up.

    But now that more time has gone on, and I’ve developed somewhat of a community around my blog, I’m beginning to see that I do have something to say that is impacting people. Glad I didn’t give up when I felt overwhelmed by the “experts”

    • Kyle Reed

      well said. So glad you did not.
      And think how many people have given up. It is unfortunate. I guess that is what happens when we start paying attention to others around us and comparing ourselves to them.

  • Conor Scholes

    I think the beautiful thing about this post is that you point out the importance of removing the idea of competition with collaboration…what do I have to contribute to this conversation that might be similar or different. I admit that I am just beginning to blog now because I was held back by the same fear of being crushed. By doing that, I could be holding someone else back.

    • Kyle Reed

      you nailed it.
      by holding back you could be holding someone else back

      Keep at it

  • Graham

    Great thought man. No, the expert has not crushed me. The ‘expert’ (and I know they would not call themselves experts if you asked them) has inspired me.

    • Kyle Reed

      interesting…please go on

      • Graham

        I follow some people that I would consider “experts” on blogging. Certainly Saddington is one of them. What I’m saying is that I have not allowed their success to intimidate me. I’ve seen what these “experts” are doing and I’ve been working a little bit of each of their formulas into a formula that works for me. After all, we are all different, with different niche variations. :)