Sharing is caring
Throughout the course of one year, the average person gains an impressive amount of knowledge. Scientists have even figured out the exact amount: the equivalent of every person in the world reading 174 newspapers every single day.
That’s a lot of knowledge that we’re all walking around with. How can we best utilise it? By sharing of course.
Sunday, September 10th is Swap Ideas Day. This unofficial holiday celebrates the collaborative spirit. It promotes the notion that knowledge grows best when shared and that the best ideas happen through collaboration.
“Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.” – Robert Noyce
Swapping ideas – also known as knowledge sharing – is essential for small businesses to achieve success. It can promote decision-making capability and stimulate change and innovation.
Visma recently asked small business what type of help they would like to receive after starting their company. 42% said that they would like knowledge on how to run a small business. Only 20% surveyed met with other startups before starting their small business.
Today it’s easier than ever to connect with other startups, from the web to social media, advice from others is literally just a click away. Each and every person you come in contact with has a vault of experiences and knowledge. It’s up to you to connect and swap ideas.
”Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t know.” – Bill Nye
Groups of people benefit from the skills of others and often, an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts between a group, creating opportunities for everyone.
Here are a few ways you can start sharing your knowledge today:
- Become a mentor/seek a mentor.
- Start a blog to write about what you’re knowledgeable about.
- Offer to speak at a local conference or host a breakfast seminar at your company.
- Bookmark your inspiration sources, such as Startup Nation.com or Entrepreneur.com.
- Share your favourite articles or new, useful pieces of information you find.
- Volunteer your help and insights if you have something to contribute – get out front!
Visma recently surveyed small businesses on the ups and downs of the beginning phases of their startups. Check out the results here and remember: sharing is caring.
Knowledge sharing can transform this world into a richer, more vibrant place. How will you put these ideas to work?
Happy Swap Ideas Day!