Mastering the Art of Inception: From the Big Screen to Your Blog

Filed in Leaders & People by on July 22, 2010 2 Comments

Last week, the drama/thriller movie Inception was released across the United States. I had an opportunity to catch the midnight showing and I’m glad I did. Without blabbering too much, the movie was excellent and it leaves you thinking when you walk out of the theater. I recommend seeing it if you can.

The premise of the movie is that within your dreams, your subconscious releases information, often which is secret or personal. This process if called extraction. However, it’s a two way street; information can also be planted, or incepted, into your subconscious, causing you to make decisions which you might not normally make.

I’ve been thinking about this idea for the past week and I’ve come to realize that we should all be “incepting” ideas into the minds of our readers, followers, and friends. Why?

Wanted: Leaders

It’s pretty easy to go with the flow; it’s not hard to get up each morning, head to work, and get into a habit of just coasting through life. But this isn’t how it was supposed to be.

Every person is good at something. Whether its knitting, computer hacking, or finding great bargins, everyone has a talent that shouldn’t go to waste. For some reason, however, a lot of people don’t use their talents. They think coasting through life is easier, and more rewarding, then sharing information with those who want to hear it.

The world needs you to incept others. You need to plant ideas and knowledge in the lives of your followers in order to change the world. We need you to be a leader and to show that the ideas you plant can be brought to life and used to better society.

Yeah, whatever.

Sure, I might sound like I’m a little off my rocker, but I’m not. I promise. Think of it this way:

You are good at SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
You know a handful of people who would like to know more about SEO but you don’t share your knowledge.
Those four people, who could be paying you close to $70-$80 an hour, take their business elsewhere.
You’re broke and can’t take your significant other on a date.

Or, maybe you’d prefer this outcome…

You are good at SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
You know a handful of people who would like to know more about SEO and you arrange to meet them about their needs.
Those four people, who could be paying you close to $70-$80 an hour, pay you $90-$100 an hour because you do good work and are willing to share ideas and strategies.
Your significant other loves you because you have a well paying job and can pay for dates.

Which would you rather have? Unless you’re out of your mind, you’d probably pick the second scenario.

Everyone needs to learn something at one point or another in their life and you might be the person who can teach them.

Your ideas are powerful and can help shape the cores of many businesses and lives. Not only are you getting paid but you’re also forming partnerships and bonds with individuals who might help you out later down the line.

Don’t sit around hogging the information; share it and incept it.

Do you know what the fastest spreading virus is? An idea.

Go out and make it happen.

Eric Alpin is the Associate Editor of Folk Media and works for a telecommunications company in Baltimore, Md. He is a social media enthusiast, blogger, writer, and student with a passion for leadership and self-development strategies and techniques. Find out more about Eric on Twitter.

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  1. I just found your Blog Eric and I love your content. Goign to make this a favorite. Inception was Great

    • Eric Alpin says:

      Thanks, Keith! Yes, Inception was pretty awesome. What makes it even better is the concepts that can be extracted and used in other areas of life.

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