“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” — Ryunosike Satoro
I am grateful for all of my creator friends.
Because thanks to them, I never create alone. I get thoughtful comments on everything I publish. And many of those comments go right back into the original creation to make it even better.
Allow me to illustrate this point.
Yesterday I published an essay entitled The Weight of Indecision on LinkedIn. Engagement on the post was what I would consider lukewarm, but I still received a goldmine of material in the comments.
Here is a sampling of my comments collected in response to the valuable engagement of my creator friends:
Perfect decisions don’t exist outside of your comfort zone.
Making a decision, good or bad, pays in the feedback you receive, the lessons you learn and the clarity you gain.
Indecision is indeed a decision of sorts. The worst kind!
In total, I captured six of my own comments in response to others. Each one is a summary in my own words of what my creator friend wrote. And each one will enhance the original essay or inspire additional essays. I call that a win!
But wait, there’s more.
I included a strategy section for helping others stopping indecision where it stands. The essay was published with three strategies. My creator friends reminded me of two more:
See what you have to gain in making a decision and not what you have to lose.
Delegate a decision to others or resist taking ownership of one that is not yours to make. In both cases, someone else is better suited to make a good one.
Not only that, one of the original three strategies benefited from an important enhancement. Another big win!
The value I give by publishing is returned in the engagement I receive. But it is only valuable because I capture it! Do the same and you will never create alone again!
🤔 Food for Thought:
Are you publishing your creations?
Are you receiving valuable engagement in the form of comments or DMs?
How much of that engagement are you capturing to improve what you created?
⚙️ One Small Step:
If people are responding to what you create in public, engage with them by summarizing their responses in your own words. Then capture the ones you find interesting. Use them to enhance the original creation or to create new things.
If people are not yet responding to what you create in public, keep publishing. Then find like-minded creators and engage with their content. Some of your own comments will be valuable. Collect them! Even while you wait for others to engage with your content (and they will), you already benefit from new friendships and what you collect.