This is a guest post by Glori Surban.
As a freelance writer, one of the usual and understandable requirements clients have is that any blog post or article I deliver must pass Copyscape, the popular online plagiarism checker. Mr. Google hates duplicate content and so do readers. Copyscape, though not perfect, does its job well, online that is.
But what if we have a Real Life Copyscape? What if we had a tool that can check if we’re “copying” each other’s ideas, habits, and even lifestyles? Would you pass it?
Personally, if ever there were such a thing, I’d probably fail a check every single time… and gladly at that.
Here are three reasons why.
To copy people’s good habits.
This day and age, it seems that almost every good idea has been thought of and explored. People practice different lifestyles that make them healthy and more productive, and most of them like sharing to the world how they did it.
This is great news for us who have not yet found the light!
Developing good habits can be difficult; not knowing what habits to work on and how to go about it can make developing them nearly impossible. That’s why I’m thankful for all these wonderful personal development blogs. I love reading about how to make my life better, but even more so when people help me how to do it.
To heed the advice of people… sometimes.
I can be a bit hardheaded at times, but I know when to listen to others and when to listen to myself (a good habit I copied from others!).
Heeding the words of people who have “been there and done that” is probably one of the wisest decisions a person can do in his life. Listening to advice is a form of “copying” the steps the advisor took when he was met with a situation similar to what you shared with him or her. You will get an insight on what was it like to go through that situation, what to expect, and, most importantly, how to deal with it.
Of course, here’s where a good dose of originality comes in. No matter how great the advice you received for whatever problem or dilemma, you have to come up with your own original solution. Use the advice to aid you in improving your steps and making your decisions and then run with it.
To save us from a lot of trouble.
Learning from the mistakes of others is so cliché but so underrated too.
As effective as the idea of emulating what works is, not following what doesn’t work is great too! The most successful people I know probably made more mistakes than most, and they admit that. We read stories on how successful bloggers and online business owners lost a lot of money, messed up their websites, etc., so learn from these stories.
You do not have to make the mistakes that they made just so you can be successful too!
Or you can also choose to turn those mistakes around.
You see, while there are mistakes that we should avoid, there are also those that we should look at closely. The life lessons experienced entrepreneurs have are all great, but do not let this determine how you pave your own path. The mistakes that they made in the past, years ago when the game was played differently, may be the right decision for you now.
This post does not intend to devalue uniqueness and individuality. I simply hoped that by emphasizing that’s it’s OK to emulate what works for others, you will not limit yourself and toil away by trying so hard to stand out from the crowd, something newbies in whatever field try so hard to do. (I should know; I am one.)
You may start out by emulating people you admire and models that you believe in, but in the end, you are bound and are responsible to develop you own style.
Most of us need a little help planting the seed, but nurturing the plant is still in our hands.
Have you ever secretly thought yourself a copycat of life’s many wonderful ideas?