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Friday, January 29, 2016

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Your Authentic Self


I hate writing about topics nearly everyone else on the internet has already covered.  Like yesterday, I was writing an article for a marketing company about 10 Reasons Why You Need a Website Redesign. But when I googled the topic, I realized that every single marketing company in the world has an article with almost exactly the same title. What's worse, the points on all the lists were the same. So I tried to spice my article up a little, but it basically says the same thing as all the others.  

I also write credible listicles for Insider Monkey, (check out my latest favorite story about UFOs here). But the same is true with them. There are so many lists of UFO sightings out there, but Insider Monkey wants their own, and of course, it's gotta be better than everyone else's. But hey, if they pay me for it and I get the publicity, I don't really care. Plus, they're usually super high in the search engines so at least my list will be one of the first to pop up when the subject is googled. Which is pretty cool actually. (Google "credible UFO sightings" and you'll see my article under "In the news.")

But I think it gets harder and harder these days to come up with original ideas the world hasn't heard of yet. There's so many creative minds out there, and they can all blast their creativity all over the internet. So in truth, being unique becomes more difficult every day. And if you're not unique, then how do you inspire people?

The struggle is real. 

But we also all have our own unique spheres of influence. So if you're unique to your sphere of influence, that's all it really takes, I guess.

Let's not even care.

The fact is, we would never write (or do) anything if we always had to make it completely our own. But it is our own, because we're all influenced by a different group of people and ideas that no one else is.

It's summed up by this quote:

"If you are your authentic self, you have no competition."


Or, the one I have on my People Pinterest board:

"Nothing of me is original. I am a combined copy of everyone I have ever known."

So, sorry for my long ramble about trying to rising above, and hope you enjoy the lists I frequently add to the bottomless sea of all the "original" ideas out there. But, what do you think about that? 

What really makes stories and people unique?

Photo cred: Observe and Do

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