Idea Currency: Why It’s OK To Share Your Ideas

So today I had an interesting conversation with an old classmate of mine, and he was asking me if I knew any developers that could bring his idea to life. Being that I design mobile apps for a living, I could see how this assumption could be made, but I actually don’t work closely with any mobile devs although I am looking for one.

But that’s another story.

I suggested a few things. One, that he check out a meetup group and meet some people from New York as there are a ton of mobile dev meetups. My second option was to check out Build it With Me as there are a slew of people on there that could help too. His response was expected:

“I don’t want to just throw my idea away to someone I don’t know.”

Fine, that makes sense, but you can surely say an idea general enough in which someone can at least tell you if the general idea can be done. “You can even get them to sign an NDA”, I suggested. He kept refusing explaining that’s why he came to me, and that he wants to see if these ideas can get done as he’s been toting with them for a while and wants to get them out. He ended it off with, “ideas are like currency, and I wouldn’t give money away to a stranger.”

Wow. Really? I would. In fact we do it all the time. I learned from a lot of millionaires and billionaires alike that holding onto ideas sometimes is like keeping your money under mattress. How is that helping anybody and how are you helping it to grow? You can’t be afraid to share ideas because if it’s THAT good, only you can make it the best it can be. “But what about Social Network the movie”, you may think… Okay, so 1 out every 1000 gets away with being grimy, but last time I checked, the guys who ideas it got stolen from still got a nice chunk of change and don’t have to put up with the stress of running a company. Everyone still wins. Stephen Key, a successful inventor and licensee explains that you shouldn’t be afraid to share your ideas, you don’t know WHO can help you, and who will invest in you. Plus, if you are talented enough to have those few ideas, there is plenty more where than came from!

Just like I give money to charity, I don’t mind sharing my ideas, there is plenty more where that came from! Start allowing and you’ll start prospering. Trust me.

Comments (2)
  • Shera

    April 29, 2014

    greetings!

    i totally agree with you! A lot of times we get so caught up in not wanting someone to run off with our ideas, that they just stay that, ideas. one of the things that i am beginning to realize is that when you do that, you are always challenged in one way or another to reproduce, and in a lot of instances, that person just wont be able to do it. i just want to say thank you for sharing everything you do on how cast as well as your site. i am a new mother of a happy baby boy and I’m in a dead end job. i have always had a creative soul, and it brings my great joy to know that there is a way to make a decent living doing what you love. I will definitely read the book and let you know what i think. keep up the great work and know that you are making and impact on a woman who had trouble finding happiness at work! thank you -Shera Gistand

    • chanelleh

      April 30, 2014

      Hey Shera!

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m happy that you were able to get some information around how to make your dreams come true. So many ways and definitely a lot of hope! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. (www.chanellehenry.com) 🙂

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