You don’t have to share all the work you do. You can write without an audience. You can build without a customer. You can imagine, ruminate, and tinker, and do it all without ever intending to share your thoughts or ideas with another person.
That’s more than ok, embrace that from time-to-time.
But the only way to make ideas valuable (even for ourselves) is to get them out of our heads and out into the world where other people can interact with, question, tear apart, and build-upon them.
To turn our ideas from intangible “concepts” into something more malleable is certainly one part of the creative puzzle, but sharing our work and our ideas is too powerful to ignore or shy away from.
Sharing helps us by getting perspectives on the ideas or work that we otherwise couldn’t see. This is, of course, not always the case, but more often than not the feedback we get from sharing with someone else is enough to at least spark additional questions or ideas in our minds. Especially when the feedback is critical and attempts to poke holes in our way of thinking. We either walk away from that feedback with a better understanding of where we can improve the work or ideas, or we have additional ammunition for holding it up.
The enemy of all bad ideas isn’t very complex: it’s someone to talk to.
You don’t have to share what you create or your ideas as they come to you, but by doing so you give yourself a shortcut to perfecting them, to evolving them, to learning and growing.
Photo by Niklas Morberg.