I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to share your knowledge with others not just to help them grow, but to help you grow. As Albert Einstein used to say, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” I remember the best professors in college and the best mentors in the work force all had one thing in common: they could explain complex concepts and situations simply and clearly without condescending attitude or ego in the mix. All of them were also similar in their mindset of sharing their knowledge freely and fully. They were not afraid that I’d surpass them in my knowledge or career, they encouraged me to grow beyond the foundation they helped me build and learn everything I can on my own in addition to what they’ve taught me. Those are the people I remember and appreciate over the years because they’ve made a true positive impact on me as a person and a professional and helped make my life better in some way.
I have inherited that mindset and any time I encounter students, young professional or entrepreneurs who seek guidance and learning opportunities, I share my knowledge fully and freely with them, and hope that they take it and run with it and grow something amazing on its foundation. I am happy to witness their successes and victories. And I am better off as a professional, business person and a mentor for every time I am able to help, inspire and support someone else in their goals and pursuits.
Aside from individual coaching, how else can the knowledge be shared? Participating in meetups and speaking events, going to conferences as an attendee, a speaker or with a display booth, writing and publishing articles, blogs and books, teaching classes, creating value-adding content for various social media channels, becoming a coach or key note speaker for companies or professional associations. The best part is, that many of these outlets for sharing knowledge are completely free and don’t require special licenses, certifications or particular job titles. The trick is to find the right outlet for your knowledge and the right audience too.
One of the best ways to acquire knowledge worth sharing is through experience. So if you have valuable insights and experience worth sharing, that’s a great start in being able to help someone in a similar situation. Many times I was able to help others by sharing my experiences with them to help coach them through a similar situation. The more diverse experiences you acquire in life, the more likely you will be able to help others and guide them.
I am on my journey now to share experiences and knowledge I have through this blog and social media channels as well as through individual mentoring when I am asked for help. And I hope that I will be able to help someone throughout this journey to make their life better in some way.