“No man was ever great by imitation.”- Samuel Johnson
How To Be Original
Investing In Your Style
I recently watched a YouTube video by Andrei Jikh where he explains the best times of the year or week to invest. He expertly breaks it down to the best days, but in a complete reversal, he says, "If you try to time the market you are probably going to do very badly." This is because the window is not guaranteed, and missing it can cost you big. You are much better off investing in small amounts gradually than trying to catch the market at the right time and buy all at once.
We can talk all day about originality, but in the end ,"If you try to be original you are probably going to plagiarize the heck out of somebody." The window for what is original is teeny tiny, so small we can even debate its existence. Is it there, is it not there? My guess is as good as yours.
“Originality is the art of concealing your source.” -Franklin P. Jones
Remember, lack of originality is not a bad thing. Plagiarism is a bad thing. You are much better off owning up to your lack of originality in every way possible. You are better off taking a little and giving a little rather than trying to give everything at once.
Blogger and author, Austin Kleon, suggests that creatives try to build on existing ideas rather than create new ones. Be honest and transparent about it. For example, many of my blog ideas come from quotes that I run into. I reference the quote and then I just elaborate on what it means to me.
All genuine creativity is the development of ideas that already exist.
This isn't just a concept in art. The smart phone was not an original idea, there were cell phones before that, and bean cans before that, and face to face conversations before that.
"What a good artist understands it that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original." -Austin Kleon
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