Get noticed first, solve problems later

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It may not seem so, but it is more important to get noticed than to it is have ideas to solve problems Unless you are a world-shifting writer/artist/ scientist... there is very little you can accomplish just by yourself. Almost everything else needs groups of people working together and supporting each other. 

There is a need to excite people around you. Friends, employees, volunteers, customers, sponsors, investors, critics, voters, administrators... you have to get them to listen to you, and you can do that only if you are visible. 

That opens up the possibility of you communicating with people and getting a reaction. Whether they give a positive or negative response is a different matter. Whether you are intrusive or not, also is a different matter. All that comes into play only after you show up on that notification window or email or word of mouth or phone call or poster or announcement or an infomercial or radio ...
What are you going to solve if no one knows you?  Who cares what you have to offer if you "don't exist"? What great things can you accomplish if you can't win  other people's trust?
Not only is getting noticed important, but it's also challenging. I am not talking about running naked on a cricket field (although that takes supreme confidence). I am talking about getting in front of people and staying there. Open minded or passive-aggressive, friendly or spiteful - it doesn't matter. You don't hide. You deal with it. To elaborate and question if that is true, let's ask - 
Who are the people who are likely to get noticed? 
Certainly not the people who are like everyone else. They have to be different. They have to say different things and say things differently. They have done different things and do things differently. Seems like a smart thing to say, doesn't it? Definitely makes you look good in a coffee table conversation or a sales training.

The truth is - we hate people who try to get noticed. They make themselves and people around them uncomfortable. If they keep trying, we are more likely to dismiss them as frivolous self-promoters than give them a dignified refusal. 

If they try too hard (and everybody does at times) - we brand them as desperate. They are the people we start avoiding if they keep asking for help (even if the cause is noble and they happen to be friends). There isn't an unlimited amount of money or time or resources to spare for everything that we come across. 
Is it surprising that most of us choose to lay low (and carry a "treasure chest of great ideas" but don't take action)? Who likes to be insulted every now and then? 
That is how the world works, and it is not entirely a bad thing. This filters out weak-willed hobbyists and non-deserving ideas. It forces people to get to their no-bullsh*- moment-of-clarity. Whether it is a belief in some cause or money or need to be a hero or the joy of creating something new... there needs to be a strong enough reason to keep showing up. It ensures "talkers" don't get valued over "doers." 

There is a reason why there is no dearth of great ideas or people who know what to do There is a dearth of people who are not scared of putting themselves in a vulnerable position, in front of the world. There is a dearth of people who derive self-worth from their actions instead of their ego.