If I Have An Original Idea How Do I Protect it

Stealing My Idea

Will Someone Steal My Idea.


I speak to a lot of people with business or money making ideas, and they are almost universally paranoid about someone stealing their idea.

We’ve talked about this here before – ideas in themselves are of little value;  it’s in the application of an idea that the money is made.

I just came across another take on this, and yet another reason not to fear the theft of your ideas. It comes in a quote from early computer pioneer, Howard Aiken,

“Am I right to be concerned about everyone stealing my business idea?

No. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.”

For this, and a number of other reasons, it’s unlikely that anyone is going to steal your idea – and if they do they will either fail with it (people who steal ideas rarely have the wherewithal to implement what they’ve stolen well) or succeed in a way that has no impact on your success.

The advantages and benefits of sharing your ideas and canvassing opinions on them far outweigh any potential drawbacks.

One Comment:

  1. I have a different outlook, but thank you for sharing this.

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