Teach Someone What You Know

Once you’ve succeeded at something, no matter how small, be sure to teach someone else what you know. What may seem like an insignificant accomplishment to you could make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

Here’s an example.

In a previous post (the one about how to prepare for fear), I mentioned feeling homesick as a new undergraduate on campus. However, by my junior year I felt as if I owned the place. I began to invite freshman or transfer students to my table of friends at the cafeteria. They at least had one meal with people of whom they could ask questions or just hang out. Eventually the new student would find her/his own circle of friends and stop eating at our table; that was fine. Mission accomplished. I had been the  new person before; I knew how important it is to feel at home as soon as possible.

How does this each-one-teach-one principle apply to having the mindset of an entrepreneur?

Being your own boss can be a frightening thing, especially if a person is trained to be an employee and not an entrepreneur. Unlike school, where every step is mapped out – i.e. you finish x number of credits, you go on to the next level- a business’ path to success is often as unique as its owner. Sometimes an entrepreneur knows what will work, at other times she/he is clueless. Sometimes the principles that he/she knows do not apply to the new situation.  They need help from someone who has already been in the trenches.

Having access to your nuggets of wisdom can be the soothing balm that a frazzled entrepreneur needs.

Whether you’re an upperclassman helping freshmen find their footing or an online entrepreneur who has learned a few things about facing big goals, take time to appreciate the things that you know – large or small- and teach someone else. Knowing that you have been through a similar situation and have mastered it can be comforting to another person.