Doers are people who get things done. We all know who they are.
They are the person who is always busy launching their next project, speaking at conferences, and is rarely sitting still…ever.
They are agents of action.
As a writer, there is a natural tendency to shy away from sharing our ideas with these productive, efficient people with the fear that they will steal and act on our novel ideas.
However, in doing so, you are cutting yourself off from their valuable resources, networks, and the potential for a positive collaboration with someone who can help you take your idea to the next level.
It’s okay to share
The truth is, other entrepreneurs aren’t looking to steal business ideas from their friends. Has it happened? Sure, but in most cases, the value of someone’s business reputation is worth more than taking a blog idea for a few clicks or a new product venture from a friend.
Doers are acutely aware of:
A) the level of work required to take an idea to market,
B) they are too busy working on their own ideas to steal anyone else’s projects and
C) they don’t have the amount of passion that you do for your idea to bring it to fruition.
Let’s be real: no amount of clicks or shares on a plagiarized article is enough to justify ruining my ethical and moral code—resulting in a blackballing from the writing community and damaging my reputation.
When I conducted outreach to fellow writers and described my idea for an anthology, I was initially cautious about someone stealing the idea for themselves.
After going through the self-publication process myself and I experienced the exhausting grunt work firsthand, I finally appreciated the monumental amount of effort required to transform an idea in my head into a physical book on a shelf.
Nobody was going to steal that idea and beat me to market. It is way too much work.
What you get from sharing your ideas
A positive result from both of my anthology projects with other writers was that I developed an extensive network of people with whom I share my ideas for articles.
We serve as sounding boards for one another and help problem solve, critique, and provide helpful ideas when someone hits a stumbling block.
5 Benefits from sharing your big ideas
Here are five benefits you’ll receive when you share your big ideas with people who get things done. Surround yourself with doers, build trust and rapport, and you’ll see the advantages of sharing your big ideas with a supportive network.
- You’ll gain confidence and accountability.
It is easy to hold onto an idea and not take the necessary next steps to bring your concept to completion. Those next steps are hard, but when you confide your big idea with a doer, they will give you the feedback necessary and resulting confidence to either change course or move forward.
- They can help you troubleshoot obstacles—both known and unknown.
There is a steep learning curve when you enter any field, and brainstorming with someone experienced in that field can help identify challenges that you may not know existed. They can also help you avoid common pitfalls.
- They may know of other resources that can help you get to the finish line.
Doers know other doers and tapping into their vast experience can help put you in contact with the right people to transform your project from “just a good idea” into a complete product.
- An insider’s perspective is priceless.
Some days you need a safe space to vent, and no person better understands what you are experiencing than someone who has walked the path before.
- By having a sounding board, you can get experienced advice to see if your idea is possible before investing valuable resources.
The expert opinion of someone who has been there and done that can help advise you on whether you can proceed with a green light or if you should pump the brakes.
You get out what you put in…maybe more
In summary, sharing your big ideas with people who get things done will benefit you tenfold. Don’t be afraid to give voice to your dreams and commit to taking them to the next level.
Share your ideas with a few friends, be prepared for honesty and hard work, and watch your dreams come to life.