share ideasSo, I am about to publish Brilliant Idea #290, but why do I share my ideas?. What do I hope to achieve by sharing my ideas? Why would I publish any more ideas? Here are 4 reasons why I (and you) should share your ideas.

1. All things are difficult before they become easy (Thomas Fuller). Sharing ideas is difficult. It requires you to discard a very natural instinct which is to protect and cosset something that is valuable and dear to you. Like many natural and instinctive behaviors, it’s actually very narcissistic and unhealthy. The more you do it, the easier it becomes so go on, start to share them.

2. While you can invent on your own, you can’t innovate on your own. Innovation needs a crowd and when you share good ideas, a crowd will gather and the more that crowd invests in supporting and shaping the idea , the greater the odds of it gaining momentum and ultimately happening.

3. The idea is the first and easiest stepInnovation is all about the execution and if you can take one of my ideas and execute, good luck to you. Can have all of my ideas!

4. People are significantly more likely to share their ideas with you. (but read my essential guide to listening to ideas here)

I know I said 4 reasons, but there is a 5th, and that’s that ideas are fun and energising. You’ll never be short of things to talk about at dinner parties or down the pub 😉


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  1. Yes! You are completely right Michael, and I hope to read many more of your ideas (I like how compact you manage to keep the descriptions by the way). It’s refreshing and a good example to everyone who is afraid to share his/her best ideas. About a year ago, I wrote a similar article with 5 reasons to share your ideas: I mention different reasons for idea-sharing, but they are definitely complimentary to your list. Keep it up!

    August 31, 2016, 12:18 pm