That idea for a book you have. That marketing tactic that worked for you. That hour of your time for a reader who is dying to meet you.
Too often we're locked into our fear of giving away too much, by thinking that it somehow limits us. That it takes away from us. That is hurts us.
And yes, some of the giving away can hurt you. When you give away blindly and recklessly to anyone who asks about anything, knowing you shouldn't yet going against your gut.
This is not the giving away I'm talking about.
I'm talking about the sharing of ideas, of knowledge.
By sharing you'll foster community. A small group of people who will all benefit from what you've learned. And they will in turn share with you and with others.
This is how ideas spread. This is how we learn to be better, all of us. This is what will return to you a thousand-fold.
So don't be afraid. Give. Learn to understand and to recognize the difference between giving that can hurt you, and giving that can help you, and practice the latter. (I'm still learning the difference too, by the way, so you're not alone.)