Build Your Knowledge Base to Create Value for Yourself and Others

Building your knowledge base takes effort, just like anything else that will benefit you in the long run. Here are the core reasons to build your knowledge base to create value for yourself and others.

Your knowledge base is primarily for you - it's for your personal development, self-improvement and entertainment. Start with your own needs - what challenges do you want to solve or have already solved. You have to enjoy the subject you cover or even better, have passion for it. In addition to creating value for yourself, you create value for others and help them in a situation you were in. Build a knowledge base to help yourself and others.

Create value for yourself

Create value for yourself

Give notes a shape

Are you taking notes? Are your notes scattered on your phone, laptop and more? The next step in taking notes is organizing them, giving them a shape and adding them to your knowledge base. Putting your notes into some form helps you separate the wheat from the chaff and understand what ideas are worthy of your time. Build a knowledge base to get organized and give your notes a shape.

Become better

No matter what field you're in, you'll gain knowledge and skills about the subject you cover and delve into. For example, writing articles is explaining something, providing an explanation from your perspective - you can't explain something you don't understand. One of the best ways to learn a subject is to explain it. Build a knowledge base to become better at what you do.

Explain an idea

Do you get the feeling "It sounded so much better in my head!" after you've said something out loud? Your thought process catches up with what you're saying, then realization hits and your train of thought has ran off the rails. Thinking out loud provides those missing pieces and you just need more time to let ideas sink in.

Writing articles, for example, gives you the time to make your ideas clearer. You can always go back to your idea, work through the thought process and improve on that. You don't know what you know and don't know, unless you try to explain your idea, firstly to yourself. And then, share your understanding - no one knows what you know before you share it. It's essential to learn how to explain yourself and even more crucial when your working language is not your mother tongue. Build a knowledge base to explain your ideas, to yourself and to other people.

Conquer the unknown

Creating a knowledge base pulls you out of your comfort zone because you don't know how your creation will turn out - the exact end result is unpredictable. As the subject evolves, the personal perspective evolves and so does your creation. With any idea, it's a leap into the unknown and a sink-or-swim situation, trying to make the idea work and avoid overthinking in the process. When you have passion, it's so much easier to embrace the unknown. Build a knowledge base to tackle and conquer the unknown.

Find solutions to challenges

How many challenges in your life are actually unique? If you're not in academia or in R&D, the challenge may be unique to you, but it's not unique on a global scale - the solution to your challenge already exists somewhere. Don't reinvent a wheel.

Solving a challenge is identifying similarities between challenges of different shapes and sizes. The more challenges you tackle, the more similar solutions you find. Build a knowledge base to find similar solutions to seemingly different challenges.

Get things done

Let's say you're working on something, like writing an article - how do you know you're done? Done means publishing your work, making it public. Ask yourself, what is the scope of your work and what do you really need to do to complete your scope. You don't want to fall victim for analysis paralysis by improving every tiny aspect endlessly to achieve perfection. Perfection is the enemy of good and the enemy of your progress. Build a knowledge base to learn how to get things done.

Support ideas with resources

What is worth referencing? Covering a subject means including references that add depth to your work and help you explain your idea. The resources are the backbone of your knowledge base. Build a knowledge base to support your ideas with resources.

Learn from feedback

Share your ideas and get feedback. Getting praise, insight or a thicker skin, whatever the outcome is, your intention can't be to please everyone. You'll learn to distinguish what and whose feedback should be taken into account. With the right feedback you can adjust the direction you're going. Build a knowledge base to learn from feedback.

See progress

Being active in a field of work means that you're learning every day. Your knowledge base shows where you are in your life at the moment and over time, it will become a reflection of your growth and progress. Build a knowledge base to see your progress through time.

Remember what's important

Knowledge and skills fade if you don't use them often enough - writing something down helps you remember. Having a knowledge base means having a solution to a challenge right away. You don't have to start looking for a solution or repeat yourself solving a challenge you know you've encountered before. The solution exists in your knowledge base and you already have all the resources. Build a knowledge base to remember what's important to you.

Build a brand

The subjects you cover and the ideas you share give an understanding who you are, what you care about, what you value as a specialist in your field and as a human being. Creating a knowledge base and sharing it with the community allows you to build and manage your personal brand on a larger scale than by just word of mouth.

Your knowledge base influences the public on how you want to be known for and the way to be seen. Building a brand opens up doors: to meet like-minded people who value ideas similar to yours, to find new career opportunities and collaborations. Build a knowledge base, express ideas and have the community hear it directly from you. Build a knowledge base to build a brand.

Create value for others

Create value for others

Show you can help

Creating a knowledge base is one way to express your expertise, even when it demonstrates only a fraction of your abilities. A slight glimpse into your abilities shows your value in your field for someone in need, enabling new connections and collaborations. Build a knowledge base to show you can help.

Help yourself so you can help others

Some challenges come up repeatedly from time to time and those are the exact moments where you can rely on your knowledge base. For example, you can provide a reference to your work to support your explanation, which shows your thinking and arguments. You don't have to start looking for sources to prove your point, you can share your ideas based on the research you've already done. Build a knowledge base to help yourself help other people.

Help people help themselves

Try to remember a time you had a challenge you couldn't wrap your head around and then excruciating moments later, finding someone's insights that actually helped you - that someone who helps someone could be you. Solving a challenge and documenting the outcome is helping others who are in a similar position. You can give an outlook with a different perspective and help people solve their own challenges. Build a knowledge base to help people help themselves.