Advice to self

When you have ideas, the first instinct is to keep them secret, a possession, in the hope that they increase your net worth. But ideas are very risky assets. Ideas are data. They transfer easily from person to person. They can be copied and recopied and never lose their value (and never gain any either). They can instantly be rendered worthless to you by popping up in a similar form in someone else’s mind. Your real worth is something that noone on earth has the technology to steal yet. It is hardware. It is moulded by all your years of experiences. It is information, yes. But it is encoded in the inner wirings of the enormous, continuously changing machine that is your brain. The real worth lies in the hardware that generates great ideas.

So, my advice to myself (and anyone else you this applies to) is to publish, talk to people, blog and generally vent hot air. If you are so confident in your talent for generating ideas and you want somebody to employ you on the strength of this talent then you can’t expect them to take your word for it. Put your ideas out there. They are worth more to you as advertisements or previews of what you can do than they promise hope of single-handed exploitation. You want a patron who recognises your brain’s capacity to generate new ideas as a more valuable commodity than any individual idea. It’s hard to get someone to pay you to start having ideas from nothing, but someone may pay you to stop telling everybody else your ideas.

With that sentiment in mind, roll on BarCamp!

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2 Responses to “Advice to self”

  1. Jeff Lindsay Says:

    Good call! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  2. Damien Mulley's Blog Says:

    Someone may pay you to stop telling everybody else your ideas

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