I have a question for you. What are you doing with the information you’re taking in? Are you reading books about business, finance, or leadership? Are you listening to podcasts? How long have you been reading or listening to these items? Have you applied the ideas you’ve read about into your daily life?
I’ll admit, I struggle with this and it’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I’ve been reading, listening, and watching so much information and doing nothing with it. Keeping it to myself doesn’t help anyone else. Keeping what YOU know is not helping anyone else. I highly encourage you to be sharing what you know and are learning with others.
Here’s how you can do it-
Mentor Someone: Look at your circle of friends and family. There’s someone there that needs your knowledge and wisdom. Listen to what they’re saying. You will come across conversations that you have knowledge about. Begin to offer guidance when you encounter these situations. Before you know it, someone will appreciate what you know and you can begin pouring into them.
Volunteer/Intern: You are gaining knowledge and skills, there are places that are looking for them. Seek out a local nonprofit and ask to volunteer your knowledge. Go to a business and offer to intern for them. You will be surprised at the willingness of many places to accept your offer You gain experience for a future job or business you may run. They gain a person with the skill they need. It is a win-win situation.
Start A Blog: The easiest way to share your knowledge is to start a blog. You don’t have to talk to anyone face to face, there’s no risk of being let go, and you can start it in near anonymity. All you need to do is go to a site such as wordpress.com or blogger.com and setup an account. Both of these are free and quick to setup. Once that is done, start writing about what you know. If you feel your content is sub-par, save it as a draft and come back to it. If you don’t like your content, let everyone you know know about it. You may say “Why would I want to do that? My writing is horrible!” Sharing your content helps you improve it because you’re putting yourself out there. Your friends may see it. Your family may see it. That cute guy or girl may see it. With all these people watching, you’ll step up your game and improve your skills.
Now that I’ve shared with you some steps on taking action, stop reading my blog and go do something with the information you’ve learned. Go start mentoring someone, go intern somewhere, or start a blog. Just please do something with what you’re learning.
Question: What have you done with the skills or knowledge that you have learned from reading, listening, or watching others? Please share your answer below!