By: Sakada Khon
In life, you may come across some people who don’t like to share their knowledge or things they know with you. Actually, I used to be one of them. But I have changed and it makes my life better.
When I was in elementary school, I was a really competitive guy, but I didn’t achieve much back then. So with that attitude, it made me afraid to share the stuff that I knew with other people because I thought other students would be better than me or I would not be liked because I was close-minded.
It was the feeling of jealousy and the feeling of not wanting to see other people grow.
So what made me change this mindset and start sharing what I know with other people?
It was the year that I entered grade 10. I started to go to seminars and workshops about a variety of topics, ranging from success to business and technology.
They were eye-opening experiences. All of those people who were successful in life, had achieved something great or made their dream come true, were not afraid of sharing what they knew, from their experiences to their secrets.
So, I started to think to myself. What was wrong with me? Why was I so mean? I started to reflect on myself to see how I could change and become a better person.
Your mindset is not something that you can change in one night or day. From my own personal experience, it took me about two years, up until I studied in grade 12, to become fully open-minded. I started sharing what I knew with people without worrying other people would be better than me.
The next and second big thing that changed me was the Internet.
I knew the Internet for a long time … maybe when I was in grade 7, but back then the internet to me was just something that I used to play online games.
It was in grade 10 that I started to use the full power of the Internet and opened myself up to the outside world. I used it to search about some math functions back then.
When I typed the math problems on the YouTube search result, I found there were lots of people explaining and solving their own problems without being afraid of feeling inferior to other people. There were people commenting and suggesting better solutions.
The beauty of the internet is that it is opened to everyone. There are people who share things without expecting anything back from other people. They just want to help to make this world a better place.
There are communities who help people on a variety of things from answering simple questions to making electronic devices, apps, or websites that truly make impacts on society.
My mindset started to slowly change from day to day. Now I am no longer afraid to share with other people what I know. And I know that I have become a completely new and open-minded person.
What do I get from that?
First of all, I started to make lots of friends — quality friends, friends who help each other, friends who I can ask for help when I’m in trouble.
I was not an outstanding student but I loved researching stuff… finding useful resources for my studies. And I knew lots of information about helpful seminars, workshops and scholarship programs. So I started to tell and share with other people about those things.
I noticed that people started to talk to me more and I also learned something that I hadn’t known before from them.
There is an old saying that goes, “The more you share, the more you learn.” And things really work that way.
Also, if you’ve ever come across blogs about study tips or how to learn, you may know about the Feynman technique. This technique lets you practice explaining things you know to other people, which will make you understand about it more clearly and identify what knowledge you are lacking.
In society, you can’t live alone. You will be in contact with other people in a way or another, whether it’s at work or during your studies. So be open-minded. Sometimes, little things that you share with other people can solve problems they have been stuck on or maybe brighten up their day.
So let me know in the comment section below. What do you think about sharing your knowledge with other people? Are you ready to start sharing?
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.