Teach What You Know

In the follow-on book, Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, Austin Kleon talks about the art-stealing process in reverse. Doing the giving rather than stealing. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.

Share Your Trade Secrets

Unlike physical goods, ideas can be shared with more than one person at a time.

Many people are afraid to share ideas perhaps because they are afraid to lose the value the idea may carry.

While some ideas are like their physical counterpart, they can get used up or depleted. I assert the good or great ideas can be much more durable.

Just because a good idea is out there, it does not mean everyone will be able to capitalize it and reap the same benefits.

People approach executing an idea differently. Time and effort separate us the amateurs from the masters.

Great ideas also are usually uncomplicated to understand but it can take a long time to master or reach its full potential.

Teaching feed into further learning, and learning can lead to more sharing via teaching.

In the end, teaching and learning together form a virtuous cycle.