You are sure your idea is the next killer app. You have thought it through and the few key people you share it with all agree that the idea has true merit. And then……you get stuck. What do you do next?
This has happened to everyone I know. And most never solve their problem or get past this hurdle. Let’s think about this cynically. You have your favorite candy bar in sight but you can not reach it. There are people around you that can help you but you will have to share with them. Do you do it? Isn’t half a candy bar better than none? Of course! But here is some good news: Most people just want to help for the sake of helping. They have been helped themselves and want to pay it forward. Their reward stems from being the one asked for help. This fact makes them feel like an expert at the top of their field and usually this is enough.
There are further reasons to sharing your dilemma. Sometimes just saying the problem aloud can either force you to think it through or give you a sounding board in the other person. There have been many times that I have been in the middle of explaining my problem and the answer thrusts forward in mid-sentence.
Perhaps the greatest reason to sharing your problem (and hence your idea) is the collaboration. This very situation happened to me. I selfishly guarded a secret business plan until I realized that, like the candy bar, up until that point I had not done anything with it. The very first person that I shared it with became my business partner and he enlarged the breadth and depth of the business plan more than I could ever have done on my own.
So how do we become so possessive and secretive? We fear that everyone is going to steal our plan. We need to trust in our fellow entrepreneurs……..they would far more like to help you than to steal from you. You’ve got nothing else to lose and everything to gain. Share your problems and reap the rewards!
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