There’s a common consensus that the only people who should be teaching should be “experts,” but I call B.S.
To teach one does not merely have to be an expert, just someone who knows something more than someone else.
And that’s where there become a few different mental fallacies that end up ruining beginners and discrediting experts.
Let’s talk about the intermediate’s strength, and dive into why you don’t need to be an expert.
The Expert Bias, Beginner’s Mindset and Intermediate’s Strength
When it comes to knowledge, experts typically know the most.
They’ve dedicated much time and attention to becoming the expert in whatever field that they reside.
Granted, if they aren’t learning or have let the word “expert” get to their head resulting in their stalled progress and use of something like Tenure, then they aren’t the cream of the crop.
Otherwise, they typically do know more about their respective field than a beginner would.
Although, the problem with an Expert teaching a beginner is one of the lack of remembrance of how they got to where they are.
The Expert Bias
The expert bias is:
“The inability for a person who has mastered a skill to understand how useful that skill can be to laypeople(1.)”
Necessarily, and yes this is a much bigger problem than people make it out to be, this means that the expert has lost touch with what got them to where they are now.
Leading to them teaching or scoffing at beginner’s who can’t grasp “simple” material.
And that points us to…
The Beginner’s Mindset
On the other hand, the beginner is curious and eager to devour new information.
Which is phenomenal.
Although, not if they are being taught by an expert because what happens next can ruin the beginner.
Typically the expert will throw everything that they think the beginner should know based on where they are now, what they know now, and how they think about their rise to becoming an expert.
It leads to a chaotic information overload paired with an overeager newbie that may burn out faster than most matches.
The Intermediate’s Strength
Which is where the intermediate’s strength comes into play.
They understand the journey as they are on the journey to becoming an expert as well, yet they aren’t quite there.
It means they are connected to the beginner’s mindset and haven’t yet built an expert bias that would lead to a dissonance between the beginner and them.
Consequently, they are the perfect person to teach the beginner.
The Natural Cycle of Experts
There’s always been mentors and mentees, yet they still variate on different levels of knowledge.
Not every mentor and mentee are experts in the top 1%, but instead, some mentors are intermediates teaching beginner’s, while others are experts teaching experts.
That’s why the intermediate teaching the beginner is getting the advantage of learning through teaching, making them get closer to expert level while the beginner can grasp and thrive off of the information.
Macro Patience, Micro Speed.
Enjoy the journey, praise the process and start today.
By practicing your skill and teaching as an intermediate it will build the strength of the mind and solidification in your ability to articulate clearly or execute regardless of the “level” people rate you at.
This is a high leverage skill in its own right because it takes away a typical stopper for the growth of many.
You don’t need to be an expert, but instead, keep the beginner’s mindset and start teaching.