Imitation is the Sincerest Form of...Something

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In the age of the internet and social media, with so many aspects of our lives online, it's so easy for someone to imitate our every move.  Whether it's your favorite outfit, a cool class you're taking, or a special interest or hobby, it's so easy for someone to scroll through your Instagram feed and get a first-hand lesson in You101. 

It's easy to get upset and angry.  But there's something to remember when you see someone following your every move-you must be doing something right if someone likes it so much they want to do it too.

I'm not famous and I'm not important, but I, like most everyone I know, have had to deal with people taking my ideas and claiming them as their own.  And hey, it's a free country.  People can do what they want, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when you have a great idea that you're excited about and someone swipes it.  So how do you handle this? 

There are a few different ways to handle a copycat.  You can ignore them, confront them....and neither of those really work for anyone in my experience. Ignoring it takes more willpower than most curious people have and confronting usually just makes the imitating party defensive.  The best course of action?  Keep doing what you're doing.  Keep killing it enough to have someone think you're that inspiring.  Because essentially, that's what you are: inspiring. 

The way I see it, is if I can inspire someone to follow a dream, or realize they want something in life they didn't know they wanted before, or even if I can just inspire someone to embrace a certain style or movie or song...then I'm doing pretty well. 
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