Share to grow.

If you want to grow, you need to share. It’s simple. I suppose that this will sound strange to some of you. But when you think about it, you will notice it’s the truth.

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There is a lot of knowledge in our world, but unfortunately it doesn’t get spread as well as we’d like. For a lot of us, knowledge is a source of power. Knowledge gives them a way to control things. For them, sharing knowledge is like giving away their money or being degraded at work. Instead of sharing their knowledge, they tell people they will arange it for them.

I know how to do it, I’ll fix it for you.

Doing so, they make sure, that the others are not able to build the same knowledge and as bonus they become even more powerfull because everyone needs them. But every story get’s his end. Sooner or later, they will be overflooded with questions from others. They will not be able to keep up demand and people will start to look for alternatives. That’s a good thing for the people seeking for alternatives but a sad thing for those that blocked their knowledge for others. Soon they will realize that it could have been different.

Think about it. Do you want to perform the same task for the rest of your life? Do you want to respond to the same question over and over again? Do you want to be indispensable?

Being indispensable may look like a good thing but it isn’t. In the beginning, you may like that people need you for everything they do. After some time it starts to be annoying. Your valuable time will be spent doing the things you already know. You will not be able to do the things you like. Exploring new things and being creative will become impossible. Just because you wanted to have more power. I have to be honest that I am afraid too. Afraid that someone else will become better than me. Afraid that they wil get the job offer I dream about. But I realized that this fear is not needed. You need to share when you want to grow.

When you want to become a leader, you need to be able to trust people and delegate. By sharing your knowledge, other people can pick up your tasks so that you can pick up new tasks. Keeping the knowledge for yourself will keep you in the place you are now. While I’m saying that I’m afraid that someone else will become better than me, I know that is not true. When you share your knowledge with other people, they will share their knowledge with you. Doing so, both become better and smarter.

Luckily for us, there are still a lot of people out there that want to share with others. It are those people that will be innovative and smarter than the rest. They will make sure that those that are afraid to share, will get behind. If they are smart, sharing knowledge will be their new hobby :).

Not convinced? Check out initiatives like Seats2Meet and the Serendipity Machine, both live from the knowledge people want to share.

Tip: Watch this TED video

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