Quick Guide on How to Build Expertise in New Field

Spend time to improve yourself in term of your technical expertise, and know how, on top of that, work on your manners and character as well.

Better pay, more joy, or even pre-requisite to promotion?

Whatever the reason might be for building expertise in a new field, the question is how to get there.

And these following steps could serve as a quick guide on how to develop your expertise in new fields.

(1) Identify the best exemplars

Get a mentor or a role model. The one who is really good at what you want to do.

So in order to locate such personnel, ask yourself this questions.

  • Who is really good at what you want to do?
  • Which experts are held in high regard by their peers and immediate supervisors?
  • Whom do you want to emulate?

(2) Assess the gap between you and them

This requires a rather brutal self-assessment.

Ask yourself how much work will this change require and are you ready to take it on?

And if the gap are fairly small, that should give you warranted confidence. But if it’s large, take a deep breath and consider whether you have the courage and resolve to handle such burden at the moment.

(3) Study on your own

Especially when the knowledge gap between you and the experts in the field is large, try to figure out what you can do on your own to begin to close it.

Self-study, talking to knowledgeable colleagues and even online courses will help tremendously.

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(4) Persuade experts to share

Most of us like to talk, especially on the matter which we are an expert on. So, trust me, many will be pleased to share their expertise, especially if you’ve done your homework first and actually have some foundational knowledge.

And as per 47 law of power suggest, don’t try to shine brighter than your master (teacher) for the master might resist to help you in fear of his or her own position. So, some might resist to share for a host of possible reason, from lack of time to fear that you’re after their job. So, remember, don’t try to outshine your ‘master’.

You can strengthen your case by focusing on how helping you will benefit them. Look at it as a case of mutual relationship rather than just a stepping stone. For example, you could take over some routine tasks that are tiresome to them, but new to you. If the experts are in your own organization, management may reward any investment they make in developing talent.

Emphasize that the time commitment can be minimal and you’ll find small time slots in which to query them.

(5) Learn to Pull Knowledge

You need to keep an open eye for opportunities to learn and avid to absorb. Since you can’t expect experts just to tell you their most critical know-how in bullet points.

Plus, it is impossible because what they know what they know in context, insulting even if it were that easy to impart since if it’s easy, it wont worth much, and frustrating if you tried to do so. Everything have its context.

Instead use the 2 most powerful questions in eliciting knowledge

  1. Why?
  2. Can you give me some example?

(6) Observe experts in action

Now, concentrated observation is often more effective than interviews since it shows you how they think and act in real time. Ask to join in on crucial meetings, accompany them to conferences and customer visits, follow them as they solve problems.

This is far from a passive process which you’ll need to constantly ask yourself:

Why did he / she do that?

what was the effect?

Would I have done it differently?

Afterwards, informally insist for a debrief, even if it’s just during a walk to the parking lot.

Check what you observed against the experts intention and see if you can “teach it back” by explaining the steps taken and the reasons for them.

(7) Seek mini-experiences

Identify opportunities to experience in some limited fashion, the environments, situations or roles that have made the experts so valuable to the organization.

(8) Add visible value as soon as possible

They would expects to see some evidence that all this work is paying off. A simple log of what you’ve done and learned shows efforts and progress. My was to record my reading and learning notes in my website.

Do what most practical to you.

In summary

Spend time to improve yourself in term of your technical expertise, and know how, on top of that, work on your manners and character as well.

7 kesilapan kewangan yang mungkin anda lakukan sekarang!

  1. Tidak menyimpan sekurang-kurangnya 10% daripada pendapatan anda.
  2. Membeli barang mewah bernilai lebih dari 50% daripada pendapatan anda.
  3. Menjadi terlalu selesa dengan kewangan semasa.
  4. Menghabiskan simpanan anda untuk bercuti
  5. Berfikir bahawa kenaikan gaji adalah cukup memadai.
  6. Tidak memiliki sebarang aset, cuma liability (hutang)
  7. Tidak melaburkan sekurang-kurangnya 20% daripada pendapatan anda.

6 Rules to Kick Ass

So, here’s the 6 rules to kick ass in life

  1. Know that your only competition is who you were yesterday.
  2. Earn, save and invest before you spend.
  3. Avoid negative people (like a plague), life is too short.
  4. If you don’t go after what you want, you will never get it.
  5. See failure as a beginning, not the end.
  6. Our habits decide our future.

Cara untuk mendapat semangat beribadah

Suatu saat Syeikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jailani رضى الله عنه ditanya tentang “cara memperoleh semangat” (untuk beribadah);

Beliau menjawab:

“Caranya adalah dengan membebaskan diri dari kecintaan terhadap dunia, mempertautkan jiwa hanya dengan akhirat, menyatukan kehendak hati dengan kehendak Allah سبحانه وتعالی dan membersihkan batin dari ketergantungan kepada makhluk.”

[Syeikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jailani رضى الله عنه]

Quick Tips on Recovering From a Setback

1. Face reality
2. Recruit others
3. Rediscover your mission
4. Rebuild your reputation

Quick tips on how to recover from a career setback .

Face Reality

  • View failure as a beginning and training wheel, not the end. Profound reinvention and great success often as a result from setbacks.
  • Do a financial assessment. In order to lower your stress level, figure out how long you can take to look for a job and whether you can lower your expense.
  • Decide which battles need to be fought. Not every battle is worthy of our concentration and energy, Choose efforts that restore your reputation rather than choosing those that only drain your energy.
  • Talk it out. Share your side of the story with trusted friends and families to deal with your emotions before jumping into a new job search. It can be kind of therapeutic to talk things out.

Recruit Others

  • Reach out. Use your network for informational interviews, insight on job opportunities and connections. This what I called ‘cablelity or cable-ability’ .
  • Enlist your network to tap members of their networks. A Stanford university study found that nearly 30% of job seekers found job through distant acquaintances (or friend of a friend)

Rediscover Your Mission

  • Look into the future. When something ends, it is a chance to actually start something new. Ask yourself, what do you want to do? Where can you contribute most?
  • Stay Engaged. Volunteer for a new assignment, take on a temporary project, or sign up for a course to learn something totally new to you. This could and will expand your capabilities, value and networking. In addition, it also a great way to prevent you from dwelling on the setbacks.

Rebuild Your Reputation

  • Develop a simple narrative. Be consistent in your account of the events that led up to your setbacks and what you’ve learned. Don’t disparage your former employer or colleagues, since that can make you seem unprofessional.
  • Focus on your strengths. The quicker you start using your talents again in a positive, visible way, the quicker you reputation will rebound.
  • Brush up on your elevator pitch. Be ready with pithy explanation of what makes you stand out.
  • Tend to your online presence. Make sure your social media profiles are up-to-date and positive.
  • Get allies to help rebuild your reputation. Tap old colleagues, mentors, and other contacts with credibility to attest to your skills and character.

So, that’s it. Hope it help anyone whom needed it.

Getting enough magnesium could boost your vitamin D levels

New US research has found that getting enough magnesium could optimize vitamin D levels, boosting levels in those who are deficient and lowering it in people whose levels are too high.

Carried out by researchers at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the new study looked at 180 participants aged 40 to 85 years of age taking part in the Personalized Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Trial (PPCCT).

To test the hypothesis that magnesium supplementation affects the body’s metabolism of vitamin D, participants were asked to take either a supplement of magnesium or a placebo, which were customized based on the participants’ dietary intakes at the start of the study.

The findings, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that magnesium supplementation increased levels of vitamin D when the level was close to 30 nanograms per millilitre (nmol/L), but decreased it when the level was higher (from 30 to 50 ng/mL).

An optimal level of magnesium may play an important role in optimizing vitamin D levels and preventing health problems related to vitamin D levels.

The study’s lead author Qi Dai, MD, PhD, described the ideal level of vitamin D as being in the middle range of a U-shape, as vitamin D at this level has been linked to the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease in previous observational studies.

The findings also support the researchers’ results from a prior observational study in 2013 which showed that low magnesium levels are linked with low vitamin D levels.

“Vitamin D insufficiency is something that has been recognized as a potential health problem on a fairly large scale in the US,” said researcher Martha Shrubsole, PhD, “A lot of people have received recommendations from their health care providers to take vitamin D supplements to increase their levels based upon their blood tests. In addition to vitamin D, however, magnesium deficiency is an under-recognized issue.”

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a series of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States, 79% of US adults do not meet their Recommended Dietary Allowance of magnesium.

Shrubsole added that the magnesium levels in the study were in line with RDA guidelines, and she recommends making dietary changes as the best method for increasing intake. Foods with high levels of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts and avocados.