Oprah Winfrey said “it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” Rockefeller, Melon, and Carnegie used innovation to amass unimaginable fortunes. Later in life they used their fortunes for the betterment of society, and blazed a path that Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are following today.
Although few of us have amassed incredible level of wealth but we all have an abundance of something valuable to give back. Sharonomics is a new word I created and defined as follows:
SHARONOMICS (Share – ON- Omics)
1) Form of philanthropy for the information economy that involves the distributing of accumulated knowledge and experiences to where they can do the most good.
From your lifelong experiences, what troves of wisdom have you collected that have served you well and now can be shared to benefit others? Did you drink from the purest streams? Did you seek the finest teachers, read the best books, travel to the most magnificent locations and strive for unique experiences? WHAT are you going do with all of this rich data that you collected?
My challenge is for you to find creative ways to share your wisdom as a teacher or a mentor. Look for opportunities to use your unique abilities to reach and teach others. Not by divulging your valuable intellectual property but by sharing your wisdom to empower others, reduce suffering and make the world a better place.
Finding the place your ideas will do the most good is part of the challenge. “I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution,” described Andrew Carnegie. You may have a few pieces of a puzzle in your pocket or some spare parts on your workbench that are useless to you, but can solve someone else’s problems. You may have some ideas that don’t have much use in your hands but can empower someone else. Try to identify other’s needs and place your ideas into their hands.
There was a time when our collective knowledge was passed through generations by word-of-mouth. Later, apprenticeships were common for teaching trades and crafts. Artists have always shared their ideas through what they create. Today there are plenty of new media outlets like Wikipedia where volunteers transfer information to the next generation, and if you can cut through the noise of twitter, you can share specialized knowledge, but do we take it for granted that our important values, techniques and life lessons are reaching the optimum audience.
Henry Ford said “Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving,” but is it the time and money that helps or the shared ideas that provides empowerment? Most of us don’t have surplus time or extra money to give but we do have expertise. Look for ways to share your expertise and the world will be a better place.
Are there ways that you are sharing that you would like to share?