Do Not Covet Your Ideas — Give Away Everything You Know

Do Not Covet Your Ideas -- Give Away Everything You Know

This morning, I was working on something that required me to share some of my more private ideas. At first, I had no hesitation. I drafted the document with pleasure, happy to be in a position to help. But right before I hit send on my email, my ego crept in and said, “Wait, are you sure you want to share this information?” And so I hesitated.

I called a friend for advice and got her voicemail. While I waited for her to call me back, I checked one of my favorite websites ever, a Tumblr entitled Colourless Colour NY. Each week, the owner of this incredible piece of art in motion, Gelareh Mizrahi, curates a collection of images related to a specific color or theme. Today’s color play was on the color creme. The first image I saw was the one pictured above, which spoke directly to me without any ambiguity: “Give Away Everything You Know,” it demanded. And just like that, I got my answer. Without another moment of hesitation, I complied by emailing out the document.

There are so many lessons to be learned here. First, if you have a question, ask the universe. The answer will always come to you, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. And second, if you have an idea, share it with the world. Do not hoard it. It doesn’t belong to you anyway. Let it free, let it breathe, let others build upon it and benefit from it. Make room for new ideas. Challenge yourself to seek new knowledge, skills, inspiration and ideas. Because when you give away everything you know, more will come back to you. Consider it idea karma.

Check out Colourless Colour NY. You’ll love it. I promise.

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7 Responses to Do Not Covet Your Ideas — Give Away Everything You Know

  1. Wolf Pascoe says:

    Somewhere Annie Dillard asks the question whether to hold anything back in reserve for later–she was talking specifically about writing–your best ideas, your best metaphors, your best words. Her answer: hold back nothing, but spend it all, lose it all. She was right. I’ve never regretted this. It just makes more room for new stuff to come in.

  2. I strongly believe in your philosophy of giving away ideas for the greater good. I had been doing it awhile now. If you like to find out more. You may want to check out my Blog: http://thinktank-ideas.blogspot.com/search/label/observations and http://thinktank-ideas.blogspot.com/search/label/ideas Do add me as fren in facebook. If you are in Singapore, love to meetup with you and get to know more about you.

  3. Rebecca Jill says:

    What do you say to someone like me who holds on to ideas until I can write? In general, it seems as though my first ’round’ of expression is my most enthusiastic delivery–just bursting with energy. I find it difficult to share my ideas verbally; therefore, I hoard them until I can write them down. Honestly, I wish I was not so selfish with my ideas!

    • With all forms of creative expression, it only gets easier with practice. When people have difficulty expressing themselves in written form, the solution is to write more. The same goes with verbal expression: challenge yourself to express your ideas in the moment. The more you do, the easier it will become. Also, you’ll be amazed how your ideas will grow and evolve once you let them out.

  4. I love this. I try to help others because I have struggled, asked for help and been denied. It was really an awful feeling. I’m always willing to share, especially when asked.

  5. Diana says:

    Love the article and appreciate how pesonal you made this post, feel like that has happened to me before and it feels so much better everytime i share…

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