I have learned to never wonder aloud — especially when it comes to working on a creative project with other people.

It is much easier to pitch what you know is the right idea and run with it than open up the less good options in your mind to others who may not share your same gift to prioritize and evaluate ideas on-the-fly.

Wondering aloud often leads to “oh, let’s try that, too!” and “hey, why didn’t I think of that?” and neither of those responses are good for you or your newfound co-wonderer. The former makes more work for you and the latter identifies you as a threat even though you’re all working on the same team.

Wondering aloud means you then have to show people why your ideas are just wonderings and not meant to be realities. You are forced to tear down your own ideas by actually realizing them beyond your mind and if you don’t do that then you risk being labeled: “Not a Team Player.”

Wondering is wonderful and if you are talented you keep your wonderments to yourself because to wonder in public is to tempt creation, is to create work, is to employ your own death at the hands of your own hand.

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  1. I don’t know if I am going to get caught in the act of copyright but I can’t help translating a recent article published in the newspaper of my home town a couple weeks back.
    It says:
    “Comfort is the other name of mediocrity as it is supported by the majority. It is comfortable because one doesn’t have to strive hard to be a creative thinker, take the pain to stand out or excel, think to comprehend, and this easy life will encourage them to be more mediocre.”
    I agree, genius is rare, everyone cannot be a genius. But at least everyone can try to comprehend, take the pressure to think creatively, see the bigger picture, and lead a meaningful life! That way the whole mediocre class can make a better world!

  2. Ok, I will try my level best to interpret the correct flavor of the article but it’s very difficult while translating.
    The entire article speaks about indulging oneself in an easy life, and the majority goes for this because it is comfortable, painless and that’s what encourages the mediocre mind — the effortlessness.

  3. But there also is a large number of population who simply avoid this choice of taking pressure. I am not talking about working hard to earn more; I am talking about thinking, understanding, relating and implementing it in life.