Share What You Know
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Every person is good at something. Every person has something to share. What is that thing for you? Some people are gifted with artistic talents, some are gifted with analytical minds and mathematical skills. Some people have the gift of gab and rhetoric, some are adept at mechanics and engineering, while others have instincts for finance and business. Some people geek out about movies, while some obsess over yarns and fabrics, and still others get all excited over books, or fashion, or food.
We all have our gifts and our passions, and whatever those may be, we owe it to ourselves and to the rest of humanity to share what we have, and at this point in this article you know that we’re not referring to material things that we have. We’re talking knowledge, wisdom, skill — valuable stuff that cannot be taken away.
This is how a lot of businesses and blogs are born, how books get written, how the greatest careers start — with gift of self.
There will always be people who could use your knowledge and expertise
Though at times you may feel that there’s nothing you can offer, but you need to be able to tell yourself otherwise.
The internet has made the world so much smaller and when people need anything, it only takes a few clicks and keystrokes for them to find it. All you have to do is let them find you. Put yourself out there and help them find you.
This is a great motivation for you to learn some SEO basics for your site or complete your LinkedIn profile, but sometimes all it takes is for you to post that article.
Your business can reap the goodwill that you sow
Sharing what you have always makes for good karma. Making that sign for that little girl’s lemonade stand could lead to more customers for your design business. Giving that career talk in your local high school could lead to future interns. Or maybe you’ll just gain a couple of friends to hang out with on weekends. Maybe doing that good deed would just help you get up and go to work the next day. Sharing of yourself can only do you good.
You can always use an outlet for your passions
Sometimes it has nothing to do with business or career, but just something that you love to do or just plain interests you. If passionate about film, that film review can only develop your appreciation for the art form. That recipe blog can only make you all that more excited about food. Forming that book club in your apartment building will give you something awesome to do that has nothing to do with your 9-to-5 career.
So go ahead and start that blog, make that how-to video, write that guest post. Hold that workshop, give that talk. Sharing and giving of yourself is good for the soul, fuels your passion, and increases your motivation.