I go to writers' talks and sit there listening to them, eager to learn something new. By the end of their talk I realise they know less than I do.
The problem? I may know more than they do, but I often have difficulty in putting said knowledge into action. I also have never been encouraged to 'get out there and do things'. That is probably the impact of my innate nature and personality. So please encourage your writer friends especially young writers to 'have a go'.
I believe in supporting other writers, and I do so with the optimistic hope when my time comes to shine, they will return the gesture. I fear it may be a forlorn hope, but I can always dream.