How to Share Your Ideas

Whatever you’re doing right now, stop. Take a few seconds to pause and clear your mind.

I want you to think of an idea. It can be anything.

Is it an invention? A solution to a problem you’ve had for a while? A passion project you’ve been wanting to start, but just don’t have time?

Do you have something in mind? I want you to take that idea and share it with the next person you feel comfortable talking to. It can be a friend, family member, coworker, husband, wife, or stranger. Anyone.

You’ll be surprised with how the following conversation goes. It may seem awkward and unnatural at first, but I guarantee amazing things will happen.

If it’s something you’re truly passionate about, you’ll notice a deeper conversation and more engagement from the other person. They may even become as passionate as you are.

This is where things get interesting.

Instead of talking about the same people and events, ideas can cut through all of the bullshit and allow you to reach a more meaningful connection.

The beautiful thing is that everyone has ideas, no matter how big or small.

The issue is that not everyone feels comfortable enough to share them with others, and rightfully so.

We are raised to believe that only the loudest, most outspoken people have ideas worth sharing. Simply look at this past election for proof. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Everyone has ideas. Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the youngest of 8 children living in the city, you have ideas and they deserve to be shared.

So, how do we change this culture of protecting our ideas when we should be connecting them?

Just like anything else, we need to start small. Share one idea with one person. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

It won’t be easy at first. More likely than not, you’ll be met with initial skepticism. Don’t blame that person. They’re just reacting using years of conditioning.

Instead, allow them to share their own idea with you. Establishing this two-way dialogue is the first step in creating a future where ideas are shared and pursued freely with others.

For some of you, this may already be second nature, but for most of you, this will take practice. If you put in the time and effort, you’ll be amazed at the quality of your new connections.

You will find deeper friendships, fuller relationships, and most importantly, an open outlet for all of your ideas.

Do you have ideas that you want to share with others? Let’s keep this conversation going in the comments below or on Twitter at @williamfrazr.

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