“Good ideas have lonely childhoods.”*
‘So long as the gift is not withheld, the creative spirit remains a stranger to scarcity.’**
If you have an idea, you need to keep talking. As Hugh Macleod reminds us, this means first of all making sure we have conversations with ourselves, reminding ourselves as to why this idea matters so much.
Iris Murdoch writes:
‘Courage, which seemed at first to be something on its own, a specialised daring of the spirit, is now seen as to be a particular operation of wisdom and love.’^
Our wisdom and love deepens and strengthens around things that matter to us. As Seth Godin points out:
‘failure frightens people who care less than you do.’*^
Courage isn’t isn’t a lack of fear but a lack of self. Iris Murdoch writes of where this comes from:
‘Humility is not a peculiar habit of self-effacement, rather like having an inaudible voice it is selfless respect for reality and is one of the most difficult and central of virtues.’^^
I love working on things that allow people to be encouraged in their ideas when it comes to the next step – sharing with someone else.
Let’s keep talking.