From the Career Opportunities Archives…
As a writer, it is always distressing when you have a great idea and then see that someone else has written an article about the exact same topic, usually only days before you get around to it. It happens all the time and it only makes sense, considering the number of people in the world. Surely someone else has had similar thoughts about your topic. They simply wrote them down first.
There is an interesting analogy in our career life, too, though. We can have a great idea, but if we don’t take the step of telling someone about it, someone else may end up getting all the credit. (it’s so prominent an idea it’s the sub-plot in the internet pilot, Quarterlife!) More importantly, this other person has created an opportunity that should have been yours. This opportunity could lead to great things in their career. Keeping that in mind, as you move through your career this year, when you have a great idea, you need to act on it immediately.