Give Your Ideas Away
It’s human nature to protect our ideas. We’ve been taught that people might steal them or take credit or whatever might be worse than that. An idea feels ownable and delicate so we’re generally pretty careful with whom we share it.
These last two weeks, I’ve had a pretty big idea for a company of sorts and I’ve been sharing it with whoever listens. The amazing thing, is that people want to help and make it better and if I’m open to it, change the path into something easier and more doable. Sharing your ideas is the best way to be accountable for them, to bring them to life, to practice explaining what the idea is in the first place and not just something that popped into your head in the shower or while you were driving. Start putting it out into the world and people will not only be finding ways to bring it to life, but it’s also the best way to come up with more ideas. Some of the things you share will fizzle and never be made. That’s okay. But some will!
And the more you share, the more you’re forced to come up with more. Coveting ideas makes them feel scarce and precious, like you’ve never had a good idea before. But giving them away, you need to keep refilling and innovating and thinking (imagine that). So give your ideas way, share them with the world, start making some and start killing others. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly you come up with more.