Facebook Status About “Idea Stealing” Goes Viral. Your Story is YOURS, Mine is Mine (Video)
This little Facebook status kinda went viral today:
“You can steal my ideas but God will give me more and better ones. #justsayin”
It had about over one hundred likes, tons of reposts, shares and comments last time I looked.
Even my old Junior high math and science commented: Jacquelyn Powell said, “But no one can steal the Vision that God gave you for your business!”
Wow. That one hit me. Because Ms. Powell was that one teacher that put me on the right track when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was kinda “bad” and had a reputation of being too “talkative.” She took interest in me and channeled my extra energy into solving extra math and science problems – which I did. And she would praise me in front of the class. (Yeah, I was teacher’s pet).
But anyway, because of her prodding and nodding of my skills, I excelled. I wanted to make her proud. Hey, at one point I want to be a math teacher. That’s how much I admired Ms. Powell.
So when she said, “No one can take the vision that God gave you for your business!” It rang prophetic. Because she was always teaching and she was always wise.
Funny, Ms. Powell (who I have known for over 40 years) and I have never talked about God or my business. I have had my business, Ministry Marketing Solutions, for over ten years. I connected back with Ms. Powell on Facebook in the last year or so.
That’s the beauty of social media. Connecting you with people from your past and then they are back in your world again. Seeing your life as you live it day to day.
For me, it was a good thing. Because Ms. Powell is the only teacher I really ever wanted to reconnect with because her words and encouragement made a permanent impact on my life. She encouraged me to be original and follow MY DREAMS. And told me I could do it – because if I can do the hard math and science, I could do anything.
I believed her.
I went from sitting in the office for being “bad” to being in the “honors” math class.
I like what someone else commented too: “What God has for YOU is for YOU.”
As a public relations and marketing professional, I am always helping clients with their brand. I find what is unique to them and maximize it. I never advise them to replicate someone else’s brand or do the same positioning in the market place as another person.
That would be dumb. And marketing suicide.
God gave us unique finger prints, experiences and ideas to share. Sure, there is nothing new under the sun, but only you can bring it forth in a way that no one else can.
No matter how much someone studies you, copies you, shadows you and even steals ideas from you – your brilliance will shine brighter because you are the originator.
As my other Facebook friend Monica Magnificent McGhee said, “YOU are one of a kind and those who try to replicate will have something and someone to reccccooonnnnn wittttt! LOL! Keep pushing up and pressing out and let GOD do that rest! #beanoriginal!”
With that said, here’s part of my story:
WHAT IS YOUR STORY? (Leave a link or post a comment below)
Someone said that imitation is the biggest form of flattery.
I guess that’s true – but I also see it as one person too lazy (or too insecure) to sit still, take inventory of their skills, experiences and abilities to follow the vision that GOD gave them.
There are no shortcuts. You can’t “rip off” someone else and expect to be a success. Karma.
Final comment from: Jason McCoy, “the original is always better than the copy #thatisall”
OMG! LOL! I know that’s right Jason. Thanks. As Megan Mottley said, “What He ordains, He maintains.”
Ok, for an original conference, you must attend “Blogalicious Weekend” in the fall in Las Vegas. It is the nation’s first multicultural Blogging Conference for women. Often imitated, but never duplicated.
See you there?
The Blogalistas of MyBlogalicious will be hosting a poolside session on what’s hot and not in the blogsphere.
Pam Perry, PR Coach and Social Media Strategist, is a wanting to connect with you at Blogalicious and SHARE ideas with you – not steal ‘em.