It's always quite a lonely place when you kick off and do something new, unexpected and something "against the norm". You might lose a lot of friends but over time will also gain new friends. Being respected by people when you just started is even harder.
I started round about one and a half years ago and I still haven't reached a stage where I would say that people see me as something more than a beginner.
It takes quite some time. What I found out to be quite a nice shortcut is to start your own platform (e.g. your own blog, etc.). Don't be afraid to put your thoughts out there. Most people want to hear other people's stories. And that's what they really care about. They care about you.
And most of the things that you find obvious isn't that obvious to other people.
If you have a blog, write on Quora or any other platform simply make an ebook out of it and offer it on Amazon (rearrange it, make a nice cover out of it, come up with a catchy title and a great storyline).
I learned that this helps a lot to gain reputation because not everybody writes a book on a specific subject these days. It's like you somehow magically become some sort of expert in other people's eyes.
And you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You repurpose, recycle and rearrange the content you already have and make an awesome product out of it. Or you start blogging and then make a book out of it.
Even though most people won't read it and you won't make any money with it it's something that will increase your reputation. Try to pick a cool niche and become some sort of expert in it (even if you're not people will start seeing you that way).
And then write another book. And another one. And then one more. This helps you to get better every single day.
Most importantly you need to show up offline as well. Try to ask for speaker engagements. Don't ask for money at first. Make it for free. Then you can put fancy looking logos of universities, companies, etc on your website.
That's what worked for me.
Give it a try, adjust it to your needs and see where it takes you. I started writing my first book (before I had ever written anything before and got straight Ds in school for my essays) about 18 months ago and am ever since working on my online + my offline presence.
I have now written 3 books (more on entrepreneurship though), have recently started to recycle some of my content for guest posts and so on. So you see it takes a hell lot of time...
And never forget to push your content! Over and over again. I post everything I write on my blog, Quora, Medium, LinkedIn, Twitter and sometimes even Reddit. You absolutely need the push. Without a push nothing will ever happen...
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