You probably don’t need that NDA

Mickey Mellen
2 min readNov 27, 2022

I’ve been asked to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) a few times, and I’m always happy to oblige, as it’s really no extra effort on my part. However, 99% of the time the document is completely unnecessary, because the person asking for the signature is weighing their idea far above the level of effort it will take to make it come to life.

Having a great idea for a new product or service is excellent, and maybe you’ll have the next “big thing”. For the most part, though, the next big thing will require a lot of work to get off the ground, regardless how great the idea might be.

In his book “ From 6 to 7 figures “, author Austin Netzley puts it this way:

To achieve big success, it’s not about ideas or information. It’s about implementation and execution.

I’ve also heard Howard Aiken say it like this:

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”

If you share your great idea with the world, there’s a chance it could be stolen. What’s more likely, though, is that it can help get you connected with people that can actually make it happen.

Whatever idea you have is likely something that a handful of other people have thought of as well. The key is being the one to execute the idea and make the magic happen.

Originally published at on November 27, 2022.



Mickey Mellen

I’m a cofounder of @GreenMellen, and I’m into WordPress, blogging and seo. Love my two girls, gadgets, Google Earth, and I try to run when I can.