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A:The saddest things about wannabe entrepreneurs are their egotism and paranoia. They think for egotistical reasons that no one has ever thought of their business idea and that people are just anxiously waiting to steal their idea. We get this problem in these business newsgroups a lot. The truth is that no one really cares. Everyone has their own "brilliant" business ideas (I myself have tons!) and/or are so busy working on their own business ideas that it is amazing they take the time to participate in these newsgroups. And the more posters tell of their business ideas and plans, the better the advice they will receive from the professionals that frequent these business newsgroups. That's been proven time and time again. Now a word of caution. Be careful who you listen to in these business newsgroups. Not everyone knows what they're talking about and some of the advice given by the "less"-than-knowledgeable posters is absolutely horrible. Read not only what they post elsewhere but how other posters respond to their advice and who those responders are. An idiot endorsed by another idiot is still a idiot. And since we're talking about business decisions here in these business newsgroups and not some meaningless theoretical debate in some Star Trek fanboy newsgroup, it is very important you know who you're receiving advice from. In other words, buyer beware. The negative feedback is usually more important. These business owners are letting you know NOT to go down a path you were thinking of going. They will have then just SAVED you a TON of money. Possibly even your entire business! If the wannabe entrepreneurs truly understood how much of a big favor these nay-saying business owners just did them, they wouldn't be getting depress that their pet idea was torpedoed but would be naming their next child after that helpful business owner. 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