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Share To Make Ideas Happen

The idea of sharing ideas liberally defies the age-old instinct to keep ideas secret. But "going public" can ensure your idea doesn't die in isolation.


The philosophy to “share ideas liberally” defies the age-old instinct to keep ideas secret. However, the creative person’s tendency to jump from idea-to-idea-to-idea causes most ideas to die in isolation. Creative professionals should take every opportunity to communicate new ideas broadly, seek feedback, and develop a sense of accountability.

Share your ideas liberally. The benefits from accountability and feedback outweigh the risk that someone steals your idea! Many productive creative professionals and entrepreneurs claim that they become more committed to their ideas after telling people about them! The fact is that great ideas are plentiful, and very few people have the discipline and resources to make them happen. When you feel accountable to others, you are more likely to stay focused.Broadcast your idea to generate valuable feedback. Great ideas don’t develop in isolation. You can become drunk on your own kool-aid without any candid feedback from others. A critical component of pushing ideas forward is gathering feedback to refine the idea.

Engage a few “partners” in every project. The more people you work with, the more pressure you will feel to provide further updates (and have some progress to report)! Why do publishers insist on offering advances to authors even when the author prefers to put off the advance in favor of a more lenient time schedule? The importance of deadlines has been a common theme across Behance’s profiles of creative professionals. It is no surprise that novels are less likely to end up in a drawer, half-written, when there is an advance cashed and a deadline looming. Use other people and externally-generated deadlines as a way to boost your accountability!

This tip was written by Scott Belsky, Behance Team. Explore more tips, and check out Behance’s guest postings for small businesses trying to make ideas happen, hosted at American Express’ OpenForum.
Comments (8)
  • Kelsey Falter

    3. Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know and more will come back to you. â??You will remember from school other students preventing you from seeing their answers by placing their arm around their exercise book or exam paper. It is the same at work, people are secretive with ideas. â??Donâ??t tell them that, theyâ??ll take credit for it.â?? The problem with hoarding is that you end up living off your reserves. Eventually youâ??ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, youâ??re left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish. Somehow, the more you give away, the more comes back to you. Ideas are open knowledge. Donâ??t claim ownership. Theyâ??re not your ideas anyway, theyâ??re someone elseâ??s. They are out there floating in the ether. You just have to put yourself in a frame of mind to pick them up.

    – It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden

    Love this.

  • Kelsey Falter

    3. Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know and more will come back to you. â??You will remember from school other students preventing you from seeing their answers by placing their arm around their exercise book or exam paper. It is the same at work, people are secretive with ideas. â??Donâ??t tell them that, theyâ??ll take credit for it.â?? The problem with hoarding is that you end up living off your reserves. Eventually youâ??ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, youâ??re left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish. Somehow, the more you give away, the more comes back to you. Ideas are open knowledge. Donâ??t claim ownership. Theyâ??re not your ideas anyway, theyâ??re someone elseâ??s. They are out there floating in the ether. You just have to put yourself in a frame of mind to pick them up.

    – It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden

    Love this.

  • Stock Tips

    I like your article and it really gives an outstanding idea that is very helpful for all the people on web.

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  • Dave

    Amazing.

  • Waqas Mohammad

    Great article, this is exactly what i tell people to always share ideas, goes by the saying of if i exchanged a dollar with someone else we still have a dollar but if we exchanged ideas we both leave with two ideas. http://theinnovatorscrowd.com/share-ideas/

  • Jenny

    This is such a great article. Sharing makes life so much easier. For all my fellow teachers I will share my secret. I get to use apps in the classroom and and everyone thinks I spend a lot of time looking for good ones but what I actually use is this app I discovered some time ago. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=educationalappstore.eas

  • Ruxandra Creosteanu

    Great article. I also believe that sharing your idea can actually help you realise it. Therefore I have created Babele (http://babele.co) an online innovation-center open to anyone who has an idea or a project and would like to make it happen with the help of a community. It offers entrepreneurs the methodology to convert their idea into a viable social business, validate the key assumptions with the crowd and find the right people to help them develop it. It is based on a crowdsourcing approach to social innovation.

  • mark

    Could you please fill this survey? It has only 2 questions and would take you less than a minute. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53BYFL7

  • http://freakishlyproductive.com/2014/05/glossary-forms-inspiration-internet/ [Reference] 9 forms of inspiration on the Internet » Freakishly Productive

    […] Forget the non-disclosure and the hushy-hush meetings about your grand idea. Have ideas, share ideas, any ideas: big ideas, philosophical ideas, or little ideas, specific ideas about some product or […]

  • http://www.noobpreneur.com/2015/04/23/what-you-do-you-become-the-daily-mantra-of-a-successful-entrepreneur/ What You Do, You Become: The Daily Mantra of a Successful Entrepreneur

    […] hoarding your ideas, share them with people, let them grow and expand. Good business people see their past, current and present […]

  • https://devdaygame.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/esteja-aberto-aos-feedbacks/ Esteja Aberto aos Feedbacks | Daily Dev Games
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