“The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” Andrew Carnegie
Dying with millions worth of money, stock, houses, and cars, may seem like a complete waste to most, including the above mentioned Andrew Carnegie. Although a man or woman who passes away may no longer be able to enjoy their spoils, these resources are passed down to family, friends, charities, and sometimes -- the government. They are valuable resources that will go somewhere, whether that is an efficient use of them or not.
What’s a greater tragedy than dying with an obscene amount of possessions is hoarding expertise, knowledge, and your story without allowing others to learn from it. After you’re gone, you take everything inside your head with you – locking it away for eternity. What a waste.
You may not think you have a lot to offer, but everyone has internal value that can benefit others in one way or another. Young entrepreneurs, professionals, researchers, students, and others are actively searching for tips, advice, mentors, volunteers, and information that you may be able to provide.
6 Ways to Share Your Expertise
If not wanting to start your own blog right away, consider contributing to blogs and media websites, many frequently look for new contributors.
- Become a mentor/advisor
- Public speaking
To get started, find events that aren’t able to pay speakers or a local school that is interested in bringing in people to speak to students. While helping to organize the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s national events, we needed around 70 speakers for each event and accepted volunteers to mentor, judge competitions, and speak to student entrepreneurs.
- Write a book
Don’t hoard your knowledge, let it out into the world. What can you do this year to provide value to others by actively spreading your message?