That sounds like a trick statement. OK sharing might work, but how can hoarding fail?
Here are some examples to prove the point.
My wife, Archana, is one of the sharers that I know of, in our little circle. She does not sell newspapers as 'raddi' - they go to the maid, If something nice is cooked, part again goes to the maid / mali's kids / neighbors / whatever. As a Sqady's wife at NDA, she used to send cakes to cadets shamming in MH! (sorry ex-NDAs, I'm one too, but the 'cadets' still remember her for it). If there is a flood in Kashmir, she has to send stuff, if a child cannot afford school, trust her to pay the fee.
The result - I have never seen her lack in friends and well-wishers wishing to help her out. The more she shares, the more comes back!
There are many others that I personally know of. My colleagues and partners at office Sanjeev, Jyotsna and Akriti are avid sharers too - Sanjeev's house is a caravanserai, Jyotsna is helping everyone out while Akriti loans personal money to those whom the company cannot!
All of them get back from the world in equal measure - especially when it matters.
I think it is innate human nature, to help those who help us - like our mothers keeping a tally of who gave what at their children's marriages, so they could return at least the same or more!
Even ideas follow this dictum.
Ideas are best shared - unless you yourself plan to do something with them. Otherwise, they either outlive their moment, or die with you.
The best part about ideas is that they are limitless. Suppose you give away an idea and someone makes something of it. That proves that your ideas are worth something, so go ahead and have some more!
The alternative is thinking, "Arre, I too had thought of that!", when you hoard an idea and see someone else converting it.
But a thought shared is better than a thought held, and wasted - that is of no value.
When you share ideas with others, others too usually share theirs. In the end, whosoever does something with that idea, creates value. And that is how it should be.
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Here is another article, So Many Products to Sell!, where we have shared ideas on unique products, and where you too can post your ideas.