Got an idea? Share it!

You’ve got an idea. In fact, you probably have tons of them, and you want to start a business but your not really sure whether it will work or not.

Does this sound like you? I know it was me before I started my business and it sounds a lot like plenty of other people I know. So how do you get it going? How do you know that it’s a good idea? How do you get feedback?

Here’s a thought: SHARE IT! Talk to people about it. Start with close friends or family that you trust and get opinions and more ideas.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Why is he blogging about this and why is this an issue?” Well, I am constantly meeting people who want to be entrepreneurs, they have ideas and they want to start something new but I always hear, “Ya, I’ve got a few ideas but I’m not really sure yet,” and then end it there.

What I notice is that people are afraid. They’re afraid they’ll hear something negative about their idea or they’re afraid someone will steal it. For one, negative feedback is great feedback because you now know why your idea might not work. This can add fuel to your fire, get you thinking about why this person doesn’t think it will work and prove them wrong. But don’t just stop at one opinion, get lots. The more opinions you have the better you can formulate your idea and consider whether it actually is worth spending time and resources developing.

If you’re afraid that someone might steal your idea don’t talk to them about it. If your idea is that easy to steal in the first place maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to undertake. Most people aren’t going to be interested in taking your idea anyways, they’re too busy thinking about their own. And remember, an idea is just an idea until you do something with it and put it into practice.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s different if you are already in business and you tell a direct competitor your idea for putting them out of business, but that would be just plain stupid! For now, you’ve got an idea, you think it might work but you’re not sure. So get out there, start talking to people, get feedback, and SHARE IT!

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Amazing! Meetups are a great place to meet people!

Just got out of my third meetup. For all of those who don’t know, Meetup.com is a site that allows users to organize groups meetings based on interests. It’s a great way to meet like minded individuals and chat about a common interest. So far I have never seen any cost associated with any group meetup or any pressure to buy any products or services related to the organizers. In fact, all of them have offered free coffee or refreshments! But most importantly, everyone is there for friendly discussions. It’s about networking and exchanging ideas with like minded people.

My first group was the Job Seeker & Career Transition Group. The organizer, Heather, did a phenomenal job of facilitating the conversation and keeping it on track. New strategies on how to go about your career search and what has and hasn’t worked for everyone were huge takeaways. Hearing other people’s perspectives can really change your focus and maybe shed some light on what you were doing wrong. And most importantly, meeting new people could be that connection to the new career you were looking for!

I also spent some time at a  Toronto Business Leaders meeting and the Lean Coffee Toronto meetup. The former was a good place to interact with people afterwards but as an entrepreneur, I believe I was looking for something different in this group. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t meet some fascinating people afterwards.

The Lean Coffee meetup is a group of entrepreneurs and startup founders getting together to discuss topics related to the growing pains of starting your own business. This consisted of a much younger audience base (20s and 30s) than the Toronto Business Leaders (mostly 40s). This actually worked out far better for me because I fit into that younger age group, which may make the average member age something that Meetups should mention.

All-in-all, these are three great experiences where I have been able to get into some quality discussions and meet some interesting people. So stop sitting on your couch or your office chair and go Meetup!