I was out for drinks a couple nights ago with a friend who had a “winning idea” that he wouldn’t share with anyone in the room. I can only imagine that he feared someone scooping his idea.
Much like that evening, whenever I see someone guarding their idea like it was their first born, I can’t help but think they’re going to spill the beans within minutes. Of course though, they’ll make you swear until you’re blue in the face that you won’t tell a living soul.
In my mind, this person, or anyone who has a “winning idea” has failed already. Ive met enough “ideas people” to know that ideas are worthless; the value lies in the execution of the idea. So if there’s anything you should fortify, it’s the execution of the idea, not the idea itself. Better a mediocre idea brilliantly executed than a brilliant idea with a mediocre execution.