Take a Step Back
Here’s an idea: The next time you want to share something, just say, “Let me give you an idea.” If it makes you a million dollars, chances are it must have been good. Or say, “Here’s a story.” If the person to whom you tell it laughs his ass off, it might be a 10. And if you ask, “Do you think this is smart?” and someone awards you a patent or a Ph.D., chances are there’s a little intelligence behind it — or at least enough luck to make someone think you’re pretty sharp.
If you think you have a great idea, share the idea but keep the great part to yourself. Otherwise you’re likely to end up like the unfortunate yokel in the old joke about the famous last words of a redneck: “Hey! Watch this!”
As Robert Brault wrote: “Stay out of the court of self-judgment, for there is no presumption of innocence.”
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