Why is it that many aspiring entrepreneurs don't like to share their ideas or business projects?

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I suppose most people who have an idea want to make sure that they get the chance to build and grow their idea first before other people start doing the same thing. 

Let's say you were the first one to think of the first ebay,  Amazon or Facebook. If you started telling everyone about your idea before you had a good lead ahead of anyone who might choose to 'race' you, other people who are more willing and able, can and will, work on that idea without you. They go on to make money and you have no claim to it even if you're the one who fed them the idea.

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