Decreasing Knowledge

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


When I came across this quote, it got me thinking about sharing our skills. Some people are hesitant to share their knowledge with others, as they believe that by teaching others they’ll somehow lose business. They’re under the impression that they’ll create competition for themselves, and that this new competitor will steal away their customers.

If we’re running a successful business, confident in our abilities, capable in our craft, and generous in our offerings to our clients, doing more for them than they were expecting, then we’ve got nothing to fear from a little competition.

If not, then it’s quite likely that we’ve got nothing worth teaching anyway.

Thousands of people can be taught from a single mind, and the duration of that mind will not be shortened. Knowledge never decreases by being shared.

(Paraphrased from) Buddha

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