What's obvious to you may be amazing to others.Derek Sivers

Last Update: November 18, 2015

Hi folks

I was in conversation with another member of our community the other day, or at least we were exchanging messages through the platform, when he said something that made me think.

We had been discussing the niche options that he had been considering. One of these options was for a niche that I would regard as being specialised and quite technical,

I said that I thought he should explore this option because there probably wouldn't be too many others who had his levels of experience in that particular field.

But his main objection to this was that, although he had a load of experience in this area,he didn't have any qualfications....so he said that he "felt like a fraud"

I must admit to being taken aback by this....as he seemed eminently quaified to me with many hours of experience and practical work that he had carried out.

The niche we were discussing is not one in which a person needs to gain "paper" qualifications as such (in fact I'm not sure that there are any qualifications) but in which personal experience would be paramount.

But it did make me wonder how many other folks out there may be experiencing doubts about their ability to find a niche that they feel comfortable with?

Which brings us to the title of this blog....which is a quote from Derek Sivers.

"What's obvious to you may be amazing to others"

It's often hard for us to see within ourselves just what we have to offer to other people.

We may think..."What could I possibly share that other people will find interesting?"

But I would like to be bold here and say that we all have something that we know or do that other people will find of interest and value.

It may be a skill we have through work or through a hobby that is so day to day for us that we don't even stop to consider how valuable a skill it may be....but to someone else it may be something that they struggle to understand or to even believe that they could do for themselves.

And if it really is a challenge to find that skill or niche within ourselves then I do think that Wealthy Affiliate presents a fantastic opportuity to us all.

Back at the beginning of August of this year....I would never have imagined that I would be able to build a web-site from scratch.

In just couple of months I have learned about sourcing images for my site, about why I need a Privacy Policy, about "chunking" ...etc...etc

Just think about that for a moment....the learning curve at WA is steep I'll grant you, and we may need to go back often to get something clear in our minds...but we are all learning a skill that a huge percentage of the population doesn't yet have and that most will never acquire...or even wish to acquire.

And if that's not something of value to offer to other people that I don't know what is.....

Keep at it ladies and gents....it will all be worth it in the end....

Take care and enjoy your day


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JimPhelps Premium
Great post, Kevin. There's an old axiom, "Write about what you know." One doesn't have to have letters after their name to be an expert. Personal experience counts. When I was a full-time writer-for-hire, I specialized in working with professionals in a specific industry. I did a lot of ghostwriting for them, and in that process I did copious amounts of research into my subject matter. Even though my personal experience involved writing for someone else, I gained significant knowledge. One way a writer can overcome the "credibility question" is to quote other experts in their work. Citing opinions or the findings of others while wrapping one's own content around the quotes definitely leads the writer down the credibility road. After building a foundation of content, the writer is organically transformed into an expert.
KevinFroude Premium
Thanks for your comments Jim. It's great to have your professional perspective on this. As well as using our personal experience there is always, as you say, research and the citing of the work of experts to add credibility and authority to our writing.
KariLee Premium
Thanks for this blog Kevin. It has really given me a boost, as I fit in so well with what you are saying. Now I have more confidence to get bolder with what I have to say in my niche. Experience is a valuable education and how often have we all met someone with a lot of book learning but no real understanding?
Keep sharing, please,
KevinFroude Premium
Hi Kari....thanks for your continued support and your kind comments. I am glad that this resonated with you and gave you a boost.Hopefully it can help to dispel some of the doubts and confidence issues that I think most of us have from time to time (I know that I certainly suffer from confidence issues) Warm regards to you. Kevin
nramos5 Premium
Kevin, thank you for sharing this post. I feel I have specialized knowledge in a few areas, yet feel just like you mentioned here.
KevinFroude Premium
Hi Nathaniel....thanks for your comments. Many of us tend to underestimate just how much knowledge we have already. Best wishes to you in your ventures here and everywhere....Kevin
RonAlderman Premium
Kevin, this is so true. I have felt the same. Your points are making me reconsider a few ideas that I had. Thanks again!
KevinFroude Premium
Hi Ron - Thanks for your reply to this blog I think that you are correct....we all need to look closely at our own experience and skill set. It can be a considerable asset to call upon. Cheers - Kevin
chengckalex Premium
This is really an interesting posting. I absolutely agree with you. One very obvious example opposite to your topic is radio frequency (RF). I have a friend who has no recognized qualification in RF at all, but his RF experiece is recognized by even the most respected PhD in the industry. His expertise is mainly his instinct and extensive experience in the field. RF is different from other thesis, result obtained from theoretic deduction in many cases are different from the actual results in the field. Hence, a person's practical experience is sometimes more valuable than his/her professional qualifcation deriving from academic studies.
KevinFroude Premium
Thanks for your feedback Alex. this is an excellent example from you. Often people with practical experience have a far better understanding of the problems that may arise than someone who's knowledge is based solely on study from books....although book-learning can be and is of great value as well.