Have you heard the saying, give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for the rest of his life. Well a wise man once told me that if you teach a man to fish, he’ll steal your fish.
Helping others is a great thing to do and I have even preached in the past that you should help people. But one thing you shouldn’t do is teach people everything you know because no matter how good of a friend they are, it will cause your knowledge to be less scarce. Plus there is nothing stopping them from selling your knowledge to others, which could have been money going into your pocket.
Hopefully this blog post doesn’t discourage you from helping others, but for a moment just think about the saying:
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll steal your fish.
The saying is very true and I personally learned it the hard way. You should never teach anyone everything you know. You can teach people some things, but keep your trade secrets to yourself. If you don’t, expect that individual to steal your fish.