Here’s a little-spoken truth I learned a while back:
Most people don’t believe they are capable of initiative. They rather follow than start. Initiating a project, a blog, a seminar, even a family trip. Initiating something even when you’re not deemed to be in charge.
At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback, or merely criticising.
So finding people to fix your typos is easy.
A few people are vandals, happy to anonymously attack or add graffiti or useless noise.
If your project depends on having individuals step up and say, “This is what I believe, here is my plan, here is my original thought, here is my group, my tribe,” then you need to expect that most people will see that offer and decline to take it.
Most of the tweets among the billion that go by are reactions or possibly responses, not initiatives.
You can pretty easily find people who will work with you or for you or advise you if you tell them what you want to do, if you are the person who says, “let’s go.”
It turns out that finding the employee/partner/consultant who says, “this is what we should do, follow me,” is rare and precious. More valuable than just about anything that’s printed on a CV.
I have a controversial belief about this: I don’t think the problem has much to do with the innate ability to initiate, I believe everyone has the ability to initiate. I think the problem has to do with believing that its possible and acceptable for you to do it. Most people can initiate, but most people don’t believe they can initiate.
We have had the doors to initiate things open since 1994, these doors have been open for to us 20 years now, to start and initiate things.
However Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not design it.
There is a huge shortage…. a shortage of people will say “go.”
Go initiate something.