I have noticed a selfishness of late, not in my company I work for in particular but in people in general. A reluctance to spend time with folks just talking about ideas. That for me is a big shame, its my lifeblood, its my passion, I can’t exist without discussion and discourse on ideas.
Is it the lack of time, too busy, or you see your ideas as special sauce? If you have a good idea, hang on to it right? Seems more people are thinking this way. If you have great personal contact hold on to it, then make money out of this knowledge later on. Not for nothing, but this way of thinking is wrong!. In fact it could not be more wrong! What I believe with a passion is that if you have knowledge, it means nothing until you give it away.
if you have knowledge, it means nothing until you give it away.
When you share knowledge with someone else, they are able to give you feedback based on their experience and you actually become smarter. For a second, imagine your brain as a piggy bank, that gathers ideas and contacts as wealth. But just like money its not wealth until you actually spend it/give it away. In my time working as an adult some of the greatest ideas I have come up with were actually developed as a result of someone’s feedback, after I made an earnest attempt to share my knowledge with them.
The same approach can extend to your network. Some of the greatest relationships I have made started with me putting two people together because they both would benefit from meeting each other.
Finally, stealing from my favourite ‘Sorkin Line’ It seems more and more we’ve come to expect less and less of each other and that has got to change