“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”Linus Pauling
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”Howard Aiken
There’s a massive difference between sharing your ideas and talking about your ideas.
Every now and then, an amazing idea pops in your head, for example:
Oh my gosh! What if Skittles were actually shaped like little rainbows?!
What if we attached the technology of a jet ski compacted and place it under a surfboard? Motorized SURF BOARD?!!
What if a city had a monthly parking pass you could subscribe to, and park in any space?! NETFLIX FOR PARKING?????
Gerbils have wheels! Why not cat wheels!!? (This one already exists ha.)
We have a great idea and immediately want to tell somebody.
Sharing an idea is great. I think it’s smart to get advice on an idea and validate it with people you trust.
(It’s very unlikely someone would steal your idea. Making stuff is hard. People are more likely to dismiss it than steal it. Be cautious, but don’t die with your ideas clutched in your hands.)
The problem is sharing an idea doesn’t make it a reality.
Sharing your amazing idea with a friend doesn’t make it any more real than it was just living in your head. To make an idea real, we’ve gotta get working.
If you’re aware of that, finding someone you can share your ideas with is very therapeutic.
Having a conversation with someone who cares about you and desires to see you succeed might be one of my favorite things ever. (To give and to receive.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been able to collaborate with others by the sheer fact that I was enthusiastic and genuine about what they were up to and tried to suggest ideas that might help them. It’s the unbiased (or mostly unbiased) conversations that really light me up and keep me going.
However, just talking about an idea (before you’ve put in any work to make it real) can rug-pull the energy away from it. Talking about a potential idea takes away our enthusiasm to make it.
If you have a great idea—solidify it, sketch it out, use your skillsets and figure out simple ways to validate it.
Sharing is different than talking. Share your idea while you are building it. The energy is still there. Only tell others about what you are doing, not what you want to do.
And if you are like me, always strive to surround yourself with people who care about your well-being and success.
You would think that would be a default, but unfortunately, most people are looking for ways you can help them versus the other way around.
If you’re struggling to create these types of enthusiastic relationships, the best tactic that’s worked for me is showing that you CARE FIRST. The more you give, the more you get.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1733
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