One of the most violated strategies of any online or home business is that of the knowledge hoarder. If you’ve gone to any sort of training, and never did a thing with that information. You might be a knowledge hoarder!
Now have you ever thought of yourself as a hoarder?
I didn’t until I took a step back and wondered why I wasn’t getting any traction to my online business. Then I decided to take a look at why.
That’s when I started to realize that there’s more to just online business that just learning.
I know there’s a ton to learn about entrepreneurial endeavors. But at what point will you start teaching what you’re learning.
Symptoms Of A Knowledge Hoarder
So there are a few excuses for this syndrome that affects nearly 95% of people on the internet and are entrepreneurs. If you remember that you are only as good as your next excuse, you’ll start to own up and THAT’S when you start making huge progress in your entrepreneurial endeavors.
I haven’t done this before so I need to practice this skill.
Ok, so maybe you need to practice a day or a week.
Fair. I completely get that.
So now that you’ve waited over a month, why haven’t you practiced this skill yet and started teaching what you have learned?
Now, I’ve sat down and listened to someone talk for an hour or two and they gave really awesome content. So much so that you took REALLY good notes and plan on putting those notes into practice.
(enter jeopardy theme song here)
Alex, I’d like to take knowledge hoarding for $200 please…
So you went as far as taking notes on a webinar or at an event. Now what?!
Those notes that you’re taking might be misplaced somewhere if you have any similarity to how I organized my notes. It didn’t matter that I have the notes app on my iPhone either.
Notes may keep your notes in one place, but that doesn’t mean they are organized by title. I know you can search out your notes for specific keywords, but what if you just want to do some review?
My point is that when I started out, I just did notes with the run and gun approach. Pull out a piece of paper and pen then wrote what I thought I needed to remember about the talk I was listening to.
Afterwards, those notes seemed to get lost in the car, which those papers went into a big bag when I would detail the inside of the car.
Notes officially “misplaced”.
Strategies For Better Results
Do you remember when you were taught how to build a business? The strategy is Learn. Do. Teach.
I’m probably one of the biggest knowledge hoarders that I know. sounds familiar, right? (I feel like a complete ID10T because I have all this knowledge and am withholding it from you.)
What To Do About Knowledge Hoarder Excuses
There’s really only one way out of this mess I like to call, knowledge hoarding.
It’s a simple fix though.
Take one step and start implementing what you know as well as what you learned. Now teach it in some way. There’s a really great way to do that. I’m pretty sure you know a few ways to spread your knowledge around. You can blog about it, do a video (YouTube, Vimeo).
Now if you’re up to being completely transparent with your audience, you can do a LIVE video either on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube – which requires 1000 subscribers for mobile LIVE – or do a periscope. All of these options are great options to begin teaching.
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Fear of producing great content
I’ve found over the years of my endeavors in the online world of business, I have had a healthy fear – is that even possible to be healthy in fear – of producing the content that I learned.
I supposed it’s simple to figure out why. Maybe you have been in this camp as well. Perhaps you can relate to what my fear was all about.
I thought that because I learned something that everyone would go to the same source and learn about the same stuff that I learned and just didn’t need to be the one to teach the topic. I was told I’m a great teacher and that I should just forget about what could happen (all negative thoughts of failure, rejection, and anything you could imagine) and jump in and follow Nike’s theme.
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One of the things you will experience when you cancel out that fear in your head is you feel free to be creative, give advice, jump all in.
I remember a time when I was just starting out in the MLM industry. A family member approached and I asked about the shakes that she was taking and if they were getting good results. I tried them and did my due diligence about the company, then signed up! I had aspirations to greatness.
Never did I know how to go about getting all these aspirations into a strategy that would reach the masses. I was dumbfounded when others were absolutely crushing it.
Where are they getting all these leads, and ultimately a bigger downline (just like I was shooting for) I learned a ton from this system
All I could see was the social media influence of friends and family to go and talk to about the new products I had just bought into.
I had a huge fear of talking to strangers, and I am still a little shy. However, I found strategies that I can walk right into and apply. Fear has gone because I took action on a strategy that I learned about. Maybe it was doing a video on YouTube or blogging.
The Write Methods Of Sharing
I used to think blogging was just one big waste of time. Well, it turns out that it really isn’t wasteful at all. Why you say, did you think that?
It started when I began my journey in the entrepreneurial world. I started promoting a company that soon fell by the wayside. I had to find another to promote. At least that was what I thought at the time.
So I jumped into a business that sold blogs and told you to blog every day for 3 weeks straight, then it was a 30-day blogging challenge. All to get page views and yet this blogging industry was so very new. Nobody REALLY knew how to blog properly to get any traction.
Sure they would get views, sales, etc. by sending their blog posts to their lists of thousands. But what about the writing methods and where to share them to get the best ROI? How about finding your crowd?
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Like I mentioned above, there’s an awesome opportunity to blog about what you know. I like this method because not only are you putting it down on “paper” but you are offering your “notes” to the world essentially. Your notes can be as ugly as ever or very neat and organized.
Obviously, I believe the more organized and readable it is, the more page views you’ll get and repeat visitors.
So, blogging is a great way to start.
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There are 2 questions you’ll need to ask yourself first before embarking on the blogging journey.
- Who is your niche? You’ll need to dig in and really be specific on this one. The reason for this is many.
- You need to know their language, so you can speak it to them. Most of the time they have a lingo that you can speak to them and that will be a form of trust. This brings in the know, like, trust factors when it comes to selling things to your niche/audience.
- What is your reason for wanting a better life or for endeavoring to have more? If your reason for making a splash in business isn’t strong enough, or about something or someone other than yourself, you will end up quitting or never starting. Solidify your WHY. Don’t put it off..
As a recovering knowledge hoarder, I know how hard it can be to take that first step. Honestly, you just have to jump and trust that you are better for it.
Don’t listen to naysayers. They are the very people who want to hold you back because they didn’t have the guts to jump out long enough for their parachute to open. You have got to believe in yourself…
The world can be your oyster if you let it.
Now go get your dreams realized.