I read a blog post by Scott Ginsberg yesterday titled Are you a Consumer or a Creator? In the post he writes,
Lately, I’ve grown bored with consumption… Now, I’d rather write a book than read one. Now, I’d rather publish a podcast than listen to public radio.
In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steve Johnson says, “When ideas form in this hunch state, they need to collide with other hunches.” In other words, great ideas don’t take place in isolation.
My best ideas happen when I learn about other people’s ideas and those ideas combine with my ideas and help to refine and reshape them.
This blog post is a good example of that. How did it come about? Scott wrote the post mentioned above, then Ken Hagler (aka @jedipastorken) “consumed” that post and linked to it in a post he created, @techreligious read and tweeted Ken’s post, and @NewMediaAtUnion retweeted that tweet. I saw @NewMediaAtUnion’s tweet read both Ken and Scott’s posts which led me to write this one. Did you follow all that?
You will never reach your full potential if you are solely a consumer of content. You will also never reach your full potential if you attempt to be solely a creator of content.
Your greatest opportunities lie in being a collaborator.
Read, listen and watch those who share their ideas freely. Freely share your ideas in blog posts, podcasts and videos. Collaborate in chats, discussions and group projects.
This is how ideas that change the world are developed, embraced and advanced.
Agree? Disagree? What are you doing to collaborate these days?
Here’s your opportunity to be a collaborator. Share your thoughts on this post in a comment. Tweet it and/or share it on Facebook or G+. Or maybe you want to take it one step further and blog about consumption, creation and collaboration yourself.