Do you play well with others? Do you share, as your parents taught you when you were a kid? I personally find that in some areas, a lot of people are afraid to share. I think it is unreasonable much of the time too.
Last week, I got an e-mail from somebody which reminded me of this. A fellow wrote to me and was talking about moving to live in the Philippines as I do, and he had a business idea for something to sustain himself and his family while living here. He didn’t tell me exactly what his idea was, and he said something eluding to that:
I am like you… I don’t share my ideas with others, because they will steal it from me.
I am not certain where he got the idea that I am like what he described, because to be honest, I am as far away from that as you could get! Even when I first think of a new idea, I often have a hard time not talking about it to people! I will even blog about my new business idea so that the whole world can know about it. You know what… in the years and years that I have done this, so far I don’t recall any idea being stolen away from me!
I find that through sharing such thoughts and ideas, I often get feedback from others that is very helpful. Sometimes people will say something that I had not considered, which turns my opinion and makes me abandon the idea. Sometimes people add in new thoughts that will improve the idea. Sometimes they add little of value, but it is still valuable to me that I had a person to bounce the idea off of.
One thing I have found is that most people are afraid to chase after a business idea. They don’t know what to do and are seemingly afraid to find out. Some people obviously need to earn a little extra money to make ends meet, yet they never make any effort to do it, so I have no fear of sharing my ideas with them.
How about you? Do you try to keep your ideas quiet, or do you share with others? For me, I can’t imagine trying to develop something and keeping it all hushed up. Maybe I will not share all the details on how to do it, let the other people figure that out themselves. But, I find it helpful to talk about the master plan and listen to what others tell me.